Museum Boom in China

In 2011, China built some 390 new museums.

Big, small, government-backed, and privately bank-rolled museums were constructed.

Some 1,600 miles west of Shanghai, in the City of Dunhuang–a station on the Silk road on the edge of the Gobi Desert–a new museum is being built to keep visitors away from damaging Buddhist murals in the hundreds of caves in the area. From the fourth Century on, Buddhist Monks and pilgrims left their artworks and libraries in these cave temples along the Silk Road.

In 2011, a restored National Museum of China opened in Beijing. According to square-footage, this is currently the largest museum in the world.

Two privately owned museums in Shanghai are the Minsheng Art Museum which specializes in contemporary Chinese art, and the Rockbund Art Museum.

A selection of Mogao objects originaly owned by traders, pilgrimgs and monks from over one thousand years ago, will be shown at the China Institute Gallery in Manhattan on April 19th  to celebrate the “Year of DunHuang” to attract Western attention and funds for the restorations of the caves temples.


Replica from the caves to be shown at the China Institute Gallery. Image taken from


Elisabeth and Natasha

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