National Art Museum of China

Beijing / China / 2014

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Located next to the historic axis of Beijing and symbolically connected to the Forbidden City, the new National
Art Museum of China will take its place by its size - 130 000 square meters - and by the importance of its collections - from the Ming Era to today - among the greatest museums of the world.


At the beginning of the XXI st century museums are still too often considered as places for conservation, consultation and education. These are useful functions, but based on conventional thinking and cultural consumption. The museums should become lively places, resonating with invention where exhibits prove that sensations and emotions triggered by art are amplified by time, by the complicit juxtaposition of works from various times, and all the eras of invention. The most sincere inventors of our time must absolutely find in these moments a place for expression. It is our responsibility to invite the creators into a place where they can dream, in which they can be recognized, and offer the artists the means to express themselves better than ever, to reveal themselves more clearly and intensely than anywhere else. The NAMOC represents an incredible opportunity for the most ambitious materialization of a place for expression, of communication and attraction, a place that witnesses the vitality of a civilization, the civilization of the greatest people on earth. Our proposal
is the result of one year of catalysis, of immersions, of dialogs and explorations to translate, synthetize, symbolize and materialize the spirit of the Chinese civilization… our goal is to protect the miracles created with ink throughout the centuries, to reveal the force of a living art… to welcome the artist of tomorrow. The museum is a milestone that now establishes architecture as a civilizational medium, as the memorial symbiosis of nature and human expression. These exceptional conditions are able to elicit this rising attitude, this symbiotic response, and goes beyond being just a traditional competition of established styles. Today, the role of architecture is to catalyze, to precipitate the spirit of a situation should it be individual, plural or civilizational.


The NAMOC is written in space as a fragment of an ideogram shaped by an artist over a long period of time,
giving it both a sense of mastery and voluntary incompleteness: by taking off the ground it imposes itself into the
sky. It thus resists the laws of gravity while asserting its presence.


Collections (from 1500 to present): 100,000 pieces of various collections (paintings, prints, etchings, sculptures,
objects, crafts, videos, etc.) Distribution of art collection: Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Folk Art, Chinese History Gallery, People / Minorities /Heroes / Towards Modernity, Ancient Chinese Art, Temporary exhibition


Mountainous horizons, reflections of the trees on the boulders, reflections of the sky on the sky, green rocks
and green trees, branches behind stone grates, people strolling disappearing behind the boulders, we can make
out works of art in the middle of a luminous ray of light, colorful images illuminate grey cracks and crevices, yellow lichens suffer on the grey silver plated stone.


The summer hall is overhung with a gold ceiling, inspired by the great roofs and traditional painted ceilings
that can be made out from afar. This carved, gold-painted ceiling offers a sequential theoretical view of the history of Chinese art and culture from the fifteenth century up to the current day, as well as of the centuries to come... Images of major or emblematic works belonging to different periods and influences form a panorama of Chinese painting and culture. The contents will be decided in consultation with the most eminent Chinese and international specialists.


 

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    Located next to the historic axis of Beijing and symbolically connected to the Forbidden City, the new NationalArt Museum of China will take its place by its size - 130 000 square meters - and by the importance of its collections - from the Ming Era to today - among the greatest museums of the world. At the beginning of the XXI st century museums are still too often considered as places for conservation, consultation and education. These are useful functions, but based...

    Project details
    • Year 2014
    • Work finished in 2014
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Museums / Interior Design / Art Galleries
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