July 22, 2011
SHANGHAI MUSEUM OF GLASS
Shanghai now has a modern museum of glass (SHMOG). The museum complex containing a library, a hot glass demonstration hall and a café is housed in a former bottle factory on the outskirts of the city centre, in the Baoshan district. The museum can be reached by taxi in about 20 minutes. It was initiated and established by one of China’s leading manufacturers of utility glass, the Shanghai Glass Company Limited. Heading the project were one of the company’s directors, Zhang Li, and Zhuang Xiao Wei, professor at Shanghai University. The museum is divided into different sections: the first conveys basic information about glass, the second traces the history of glass in China and in the western world, and the third looks at the subject of glass in our daily lives. On the top floor, a generous space has been set aside for displays of art, featuring sculptures of contemporary Chinese and international artists.
The Museum of Glass was inaugurated in May 2011 in a grand opening celebration. Representing the foundation providing consultancy services during the planning process for the museum, Eva-Maria Fahrner-Tutsek attended the event and conveyed the warmest congratulations. She met up with Sun Yi, Wang Qin, Xue Lu and other artists whose objects had been on display at the GLASS.CHINA exhibition in Munich.
The German architect Frank Krüger and his team came up with a most impressive concept for the front of the museum building: approaching the museum, the visitor is presented with concepts related to glass in a variety of languages. The imaginative display was created using industrial glass from Germany, to which a special coating was applied and then sandblasted. The museum’s front is especially beautiful in the evening, when LEDs fitted behind the words illuminate the meaning and purpose of the museum.
For further information see: www.shmog.org
© E.-M. Fahrner-Tutsek