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Yuz Museum opens in Shanghai

The new museum joins a slew of others

Maurizio Cattelan's olive-tree sculpture Untitled, 1998

The Yuz Museum in Shanghai is due to open on Saturday, the latest addition to the city’s West Bund Cultural Corridor. The Chinese-Indonesian collector Budi Tek’s second museum, and his first in China, joins the Long Museum West Bund, which opened at the end of March.

Shanghai’s museum boom is set to continue: last month Qiao Zhibing, a collector who owns a chain of karaoke palaces, revealed plans to transform five oil tanks, also in the West Bund, into spaces for his art and commercial uses. Elsewhere in Shanghai, the Power Station of Art, China Art Palace, Rockbund Art Museum and Himalayas Museum, among other institutions, have opened since 2010.

There has not been such a concentration of new museums in the world since New York in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The 9,000 sq. m Yuz Museum is in a former airplane hangar, which has been converted and expanded by the architect Sou Fujimoto. Tek’s collection features many large-scale works, such as Maurizio Cattelan’s olive-tree sculpture (Untitled, 1998).

The inaugural show has been organised by Wu Hung, a professor at the University of Chicago. “The show will be divided into two parts: one is on global contemporary art, the other part is focusing on post-1980s Chinese art,” Wu said.

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