I seem to be on an art trend; all day yesterday in the China Art Museum and today, immediately upon leaving the chiropractor’s office on West Nanjing Road, I walk past this alley which invites me to visit the time-honored gallery down the lane where, another sign tells me, all the works are original because if they were fake there would be a 100 RMB fine. Uh huh, yeah sure, okay. I also have a bridge in Brooklyn you might be interested in buying.
Shanghai is breaking out in European art this month with the first ever exhibit of Monet in mainland China and an exhibit of Flemish painting titled “Rubens, Van Dayck and the Flemish School of Painting: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Prince of Liechtenstein.” The China Art Museum is hosting the Rubens’ show and it features almost 100 canvases, prints and tapestries and also includes works by Jan de Cock, Quentin Massys and Jacob Jordaens. Admission to the museum is free, but the show has a separate 20 RMB ($3.23 USD) charge. Despite numerous tour buses parked around the museum there was nothing close to resembling a crowd in the former China Pavilion of Expo 2010, at 1,790,000 sq ft of floor space, it is the largest art museum in Asia.
In addition to the Rubens’ show, the China Art Museum has a permanent collection of modern Chinese art that is enough to bring you back time after time, but before I return, I plan on catching the popular “Master of Impressionism: Claude Monet” show on display at the K11 Art Mall (yes, 40 Monet paintings from the Paris Marmottan Monet Museum are being displayed in the basement–Level B3– of a luxury shopping mall, in Shanghai).