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China’s new museum to shine bright

Sifang Art Museum in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing due to open in October

Sifang Art Museum

Lu Xun, the “partner-founder” of the Sifang Art Museum in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing, revealed this week that the museum’s new home, designed by the US architect Steven Holl, is due to open in October.

The new museum is part of a bigger project: the Contemporary International Practical Exhibition of Architecture. It will encompass 24 buildings, all designed by leading international architects. They include Arata Isozaki, Wang Shu and Kazuyo Sejima.

Lu took part in “Celebrating the Past, Building the Future: Collecting in the 21st Century”, a panel discussion at Christie’s Art Forum, on Wednesday. Addressing the question of the future of private collections and museums, he said: “The longevity and continuity of private museums are critical questions, especially in a Chinese context. I hope the Sifang Art Museum is still up and running in ten years.”

Lu, who studied nanotechnology at the University of Cambridge, became involved in the Sifang project in 2007. It was launched by his father, Lu Jun, the president of Sifang Culture Group. The company invests in real estate, hotels and cultural projects.

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