Before our trip, a number of people recommended the Long Museum to us. Designed by a focal firm Atelier Deshaus, the Long Museum is a fine piece of contemporary architecture that has been featured in many design magazines. Despite our tight schedule in Shanghai, we managed to squeeze in two hours to visit this contemporary art museum at the West Bund of Xuhui. The riverside promenade of Xuhui district hosts a number of cultural establishments like the Long Museum, and also occasional art events such as the West Bund Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary Art. Along with upcoming developments such as the movie production and entertainment complex – Dream Centre, the once industrial area West Bund of Xuhui is gradually transforming into a lively cultural corridor by the Huangpu River. The privately-owned art museum near the former Expo ground stands as a proud revelation of Shanghai’s ambitions to boost the local contemporary art scenes.
We arrived at Long Museum in the mid afternoon. Dozens or so visitors were busy photographing the cherry blossoms in front of the museum. Others were having fun taking seflies against the backdrop of a well preserved industrial structures, which has now become a significant feature outside the museum. At the museum’s rear side facing the riverside promenade, locals were enjoying themselves playing badminton and skateboards. We entered the museum through its main entrance at the side. Once inside, we were immediately captivated by the high vaulted space of the main exhibition hall. There is not a single white wall in the museum. With high volume spaces and half-vaulted ceiling, the museum is like a minimalist concrete cathedral, offering visitors diverse spatial experience, and a sleek atmosphere and backdrop for showcasing contemporary art.
Exhibited in galleries and a number of international biennale around the globe, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is a prominent figure in the art world. Eliasson creates interesting art installations that often engage spectators through the use of basic elements like water, light or shadows. We were delighted to see Eliasson’s solo show at the Long Museum. Playful reflections, shadows, and lighting effects of his pieces did a fine job engaging spectators in multiple ways. We spent about two hours seeing Eliasson’s exhibition until the museum was about to close its doors. After the visit, we strolled along the riverside promenade to take in the relax atmosphere.
Visitors gathered in front of Long Museum to photograph the fine cherry blossoms.
Concrete structure from an old factory is preserved as an exterior feature of Long Museum.
The old structure becomes a local favorite for portrait photography.
The old industrial structure create a beautiful scene of shadows and textures.
Visitors walking beyond the old industrial structure.
A visitor and dramatic sunlight casting onto the vaulted concrete wall.
Main exhibition space of Long Museum.
Olafur Eliasson’s installation art took over every wall and corner of Long Museum.
Spectators having fun with their own reflection at one of Eliasson’s piece.
Mirrors are used in many of Eliasson’s pieces.
A sphere that allows visitors to enter is a popular piece.
Moving shadows and interesting reflections was a result from lighting effect and a suspended ring.
Elegant shadows of an abstract installation.
Visitor and the semi-vaulted ceiling.
Visitors queuing for a glimpse of their own reflection at one of Eliasson’s piece.
A mother photographing her daughter from the other end of the piece.
A room with alternating lighting that changed the hues of wall decorations from black and white to rainbow colours.
The passageway between the old industrial structure and the museum facade made of pour concrete and expanded metal.
Locals having a good time with badminton and skateboards at the back of Long Museum.
The riverside promenade behind Long Museum links the museum with other cultural establishments at the West Bund of Xuhui.
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0.0 SHANGHAI, 2016
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2.0 HUMBLE ADMINISTRATOR’S GARDEN, Suzhou, China
3.0 LION GROVE GARDEN, Suzhou, China
4.0 SOUP DUMPLINGS AND MORNING STROLL, Shanghai, China
5.0 ROCKBUND, Shanghai, China
6.0 M50, Shanghai, China
7.0 1933 SHANGHAI (老場坊) , Shanghai, China
8.0 POLY GRAND THEATRE (上海保利大劇院), Shanghai, China
9.0 FORMER FRENCH CONCESSION, Shanghai, China
10.0 POWER STATION OF ART, Shanghai, China
11.0 LONG MUSEUM (龍美術館), West Bund, Shanghai, China
12.0 THE BUND (外灘) AT NIGHT, Shanghai, China
13.0 TIANZIFANG (田子坊), Shanghai, China
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15.0 LUJIAZUI (陸家嘴) OF PUDONG (浦東), Shanghai, China