“Working with China” interview series – Pat Rodewald

I met Pat several years ago at the National Museum of China while I was with the ICOM-ITC group trying out the museum’s education activities. I immediately wondered what a foreigner was doing at a national museum in China. It turned out that she was a museum educator-in-residence. We were later connected by a colleague […]

Exhibition exchanges with Chinese museums

Yu Culture attended the annual meeting on 22 November 2018 organised by Art Exhibitions China, a government agency in charge of organising exhibition exchanges both in China and abroad. It also serves as the liaison of ICOM ICEE in China. The meeting was attended by museum directors and head of exhibitions of major museums in […]

The use of WeChat and other social media by Chinese museums

Yu Zhang attended the ICOM ICEE / ICFA annual conference in Madrid on 13 November and presented about how Chinese museums make use of WeChat and other social media to engage with the audience. She noted that China’s alternate internet has evolved from copycats to super apps such as WeChat, the digital Swiss Army knife, […]

In China, the business of blockbuster exhibitions

Not only museums are booming in China, but also blockbuster exhibitions which flourish in the country and look for a viable business model. The National Museum of Art (NAMOC) in Beijing has recently attracted more than 110,000 visitors over 10 days to its exhibition of “grands maîtres” such as Picasso, Dali, Warhol, Lichtenstein or Hokusai. […]

François Mairesse: I want to know who decides what at Chinese museums

This is the second of the series of interviews I launched before summer about people working with Chinese museums.  I ask them about their “parcours” (how they got involved with China), their impressions before and after visiting China, the advice they would have wished to have before working with China and their current projects with Chinese […]

Museum boom continues in China

In 2016, 363 new museums were opened in China, or nearly one new opening every single day. It seems impossible to record every new opening, but here is a selection of some well-publicised (or funny) ones during the first half of 2018, in chronological order, as spotted on my Scoop.it. Liangzhu Museum, an archaeology museum […]

Claude Faubert: I was fascinated by the Chinese speed

This is the first of a series of interviews I am doing with museum people currently working with China. I will ask them about their “parcours” (how they got involved with China), their impressions before and after visiting China, the advice they would have wished to have before working with China and their current projects […]

Museums in Shanghai explained in facts and figures

The 2017 report of “Museums in Shanghai”(in Chinese) was released today by the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film & TV and Shanghai Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage. Yu Culture is summarising for you some of the key facts and figures in English.