A PROFILE OF ZHEJIANG ART MUSEUM

Zhejiang Art Museum (ZJAM), with a coverage of 35000 square meters and floorage of 32000 square meters, is located on No.138 Nanshan Road, Hangzhou, against Wansongling and opposite to the West Lake. In the museum, there are 14 exhibition halls of different sizes, taking up 9000 square meters, including 6 exhibition halls with constant temperature and humidity; the storehouse area takes up 3000 square meters. Besides, the museum is equipped with multiple supporting facilities such as the Central Hall, Skylight Promenade, International Academic Reporting Hall, Multi-functional Hall, Hall for Assessment and Appreciation, VIP Room as well as Center for Art Books and Documentations, Children’s Fine Arts World, Arts Bookstore, Store of Arts Materials and Supplies, and Coffee Bar. The museum, on behalf of the nation, is dedicated to the exhibition, display, solicitation, and collection of art works and art literatures, with which it aims to provide and present academic research, education promotion, international exchanges and public cultural services.

Since its opening in August 2009, ZJAM has always followed the direction of “Focusing on the Contemporary, Reviewing the History, Rooting in Zhejiang, Facing the World” and the guidance of the academic principle of “Publicity, Variety and Sociability”. With a firm belief in the “Chinese style”, ZJAM has successfully hosted numerous excellent exhibitions such as “Major Exhibition of Arts Works on Important Historical and Cultural Subjects in Zhejiang Province”, “Glory on the Divine Land --- Art Exhibition of Huang Binhong”, “Exhibition of Works by Miro”, “Great Landscape of Huanghuang --- Art Exhibition of Dunhuang”, “Across the East and the West - Art Review Exhibition of Wu Guanzhong”, “Hangzhou•Biennial Exhibition of Chinese Painting” and “Triennial Exhibition of Fiber Art in Hangzhou”, exerting important influence at home and abroad. It became one of the first members of Committee of Art Museums in China (CAMC) in 2009. In 2011, it became a member of International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art, and in 2015, it became a key national art museum.

Now, ZJAM hosts about 50 exhibitions of different types and nearly 300 public education activities every year, having become an important site for the public to enjoy public cultural services. At ZJAM, visitors can not only appreciate exhibitions, but also attend lectures, watch dramas, take part in educational workshops, water art films, create works of art with artists and participate in various public education programs for free, enjoying a life of high-quality art provided by a nonprofit cultural institution.

ZJAM is committed to collecting and exhibiting art works, cultural relics and documentations that reflect the development of arts in Zhejiang, especially those created by modern and contemporary artists who are either Zhejiang natives or engaged in significant artistic events in Zhejiang. Early in the end of 2004, ZJAM has started to solicit collections since the construction of the museum. The Provincial Party Committee and the Provincial Government attach great importance to the collection construction of ZJAM and have provided funding, institutional and system guarantees by setting up a collection management committee, establishing a special fund that allocates RMB 10 million every year, and introducing the Management Approach of Arts Collection Solicitation in Zhejiang Province. Remarkable results have been made in the construction of collections in ZJAM. The museum has developed a mature solicitation and collection system and increased its collections year by year through a variety of means such as offering incentives for donations, negotiating about procurement of collections, organizing creation activities, buy auction, and providing custody services. Now, ZJAM has nearly 20,000 art collections of different kinds.

Aiming to become an important site and nationally significant art museum that spreads human civilizations, carries forward advanced cultures, and cultivates humanistic spirits, the young museum has gradually built up a system of arts collection, arts exhibition, academic researches and arts education, reflecting the development of contemporary arts and the procedure of constructing Zhejiang as a great province of arts.

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