National Art Museum Of China to Start Construction Soon

On 17/02/2014 by Site Default
National Art Museum Of China to Start Construction Soon
Jean Nouvel’s design for the National Art Museum of China.

More details on the new National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) are surfacing. Chinese media have been reporting that construction on the Jean Nouvel-designed museum will begin within the first quarter of 2014, slated for completion by the end of 2017.

With a total construction area of 129,000 square meters, NAMOC is being hailed by Chinese media as the world’s largest national museum. There will be three major sections within the museum: calligraphy and seal cutting, folk art, and global art. The institution will focus on Chinese art and art development from the 20th century onwards, giving a historical perspective, concretizing important art eras, and dedicating rooms to significant artists. A second trajectory for the institution is forward-looking, supporting the future development of art and providing conditions for demonstrating multiple forms of visual art.

NAMOC will be the showpiece within a newly developed cultural district of the Beijing Olympic Park. The 250,000 square meters district will also include the China National Arts and Crafts Museum, the China Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition Center, and the China National Studies Center, all of it situation alongside the Herzog and De Meuron-designed Bird’s Nest Stadium, in collaboration with Ai Wei Wei.

Jean Nouvel beat Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid to design NAMOC. The project is set to grant Nouvel more prestige and more of the “Chinese” years he had hoped for.

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