Mu Xin Art Museum
The paintings of late Chinese artist, writer, poet and one-time imprisoned dissident Mu Xin are known for their ethereal depiction of exquisite Sino landscapes, so it is only fitting that a new museum dedicated to his endeavours should sit amid scenery as tranquil and graceful as the works he inked.
A vision of beauty and balance, the Mu Xin Art Museum floats on the mirrored waters of the Yuanbao lake in Wuzhen, a 1,300-year-old canaltown 90 minutes outside of Shanghai that also happens to be Mu Xin’s birthplace.
While the nearby wooden, thatched-roof homes maintain a traditional aesthetic, the new addition is an entirely modern marvel with eight interconnected, seemingly gravity-defying concrete squares adorned with subtle linear indentations inspired by brushstrokes.
And, of course, the interiors are just as painterly...Cross the footbridge into the vast entrance hall and slip into the five permanent galleries that display everything from the prolific creative’s own photographs and ephemera to classical writings and lithographs. Also in the mix, many of his delicate paperworks renowned for blending Chinese sensibilities with European techniques – much like the building they now sit in.
Two more exhibition areas house temporary showcases, the latest of which examines Friedrich Nietzsche’s influence on Mu Xin, plus there’s a library, lounge and rock garden-sided cafe for a post-gallery gallop refuel. A truly picture-perfect escape.
Tongxiang / Wuzhen / Zhejiang / +86 573 8873 1822 / 9am-5pm daily / muxinam.com