Shanghai releases art museum development report

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Shanghai publishes the first annual report on the development of the city’s art museums. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A total of 950 art exhibitions took place in Shanghai last year and attracted 6.21 million people, according to the first annual report on the development of art museums in Shanghai.

According to the report released on August 7 by the municipal administration of culture and tourism, Shanghai had 96 art museums in the city’s 16 districts by the end of 2021, making it the city with the most museums. of art in China. Twenty-five of the museums are state-owned and received 3.16 million visitors last year. The 71 private establishments welcomed 3.05 million people. Seven new art museums were added last year.

Among the city’s most popular art museums, the China Art Museum Shanghai welcomed 603,000 visitors, while the West Bund Art Museum in Xuhui District welcomed 583,000. Pudong (379,000) and the Bund One Art Museum in Huangpu District (330,000).

These museums hosted 3,953 public education projects last year, a significant increase of 44.5% over the previous year.

Sixty-six art museums are open for free, and another 10 only charge admission fees for special exhibitions.

This is the first time that the municipality has published an annual report on the development of its art museums. The city is also drafting a set of new regulations on the administration and development of its art museums, which could be the first of their kind in China.

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