New Museums in China

Clare Jacobson


     8.5 × 11 in (21.6 × 27.9 cm)
256 pages
400 color illustrations
Publication date: 09/27/2013
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616891503

China's explosive urban growth continues to make headlines, illustrated by dramatic shots of the latest commercial or residential building, each more outstanding (and often more outlandish) than the next. As the country's new money matures, it is increasingly being redirected from the necessity of industry to the nicety of culture. While the recession has put a damper on plans for new cultural venues in many world cities, museums in China are booming. Once scarce, they have multiplied rapidly, with more than 1,000 opening in the last decade. They are now found throughout the country in megacities, smaller urban centers, and even in more remote places like Ordos, Inner Mongolia, in the middle of the Gobi Desert. New Museums in China presents fifty-one of the most innovative museums of the last ten years in beautiful photographs, detailed drawings, and insightful texts based on new interviews with an international slate of architects. This spectacular collection makes an excellent survey and sourcebook for architects, art and design enthusiasts, and Sinophiles alike.
  • Featured museums are the best new buildings of any kind in China Features the works by starchitects such as David Chipperfield, MVRDV, Steven Holl, and Zaha Hadid as well as respected Chinese designers such as Wang Shu of Amateur Architecture Studio, winner of the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize
  • Includes not only art museums, but also an eclectic range of museums of archaeology, automobiles, natural history, comics and animation, handcrafted paper, and clocks from the Cultural Revolution

Clare Jacobson is a Shanghai-based design writer, editor, and curator

Editorial Reviews

Mark Lamster, Architect magazine:

"This is a book that will stand the test of time, a monograph that critics and scholars will be looking back on for decades to come, to explain what may be the most remarkable cultural building boom in history. "

John Hill, A Weekly Dose of Architecture:

"Jacobson's book is an important and essential one covering an aspect of China's building boom this century. ... The museums collected in the book show there is still room for well considered architecture in China by foreign and local architects alike."

Susan Kime, Urban Arches:

"The book is a substantial overview into the architectural dynamism of China, a subject necessary for a clearer understanding of the scalable cultural aesthetic of an evolving country. Quite a book."

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