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Georgina Johnston
09 Dec 2019

East meets West Bund Museum as France and China unite

On the 5 November, The West Bund Museum in Shanghai officially opened. A cultural collaboration between France and China, The Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project will show a series of exhibitions in the museum over the next five years. The building was inaugurated in a ceremony of speeches given by French President Emmanuel Macron, the Mayor of Xuhui district, Fang Shizhong, and Serge Lasvignes the President of the Centre Pompidou. The museum is scheduled to open its doors to the public on 8 November.

The West Bund Museum is a new art gallery on the Shanghai Corniche, an 8.5 kilometre frontage on the northern bank of the Huangpu River. The promenade connects the Xuhui district to the historic Bund and forms a key part of the West Bund Masterplan, which envisages a new cultural district over nine square kilometres of former industrial land.

The building consists of three main gallery volumes placed in a pin-wheel formation around a central lobby with a double-height atrium. Each of the three volumes is 17 metres high, with an upper and lower level, and clad with translucent recycled glass. A raised public esplanade above the floodplain surrounds the building, creating new public space with views to the river.

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