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Art museum gets prime location in Lujiazui

A new art museum will be built at the core area of the Lujiazui financial center as part of local government efforts to increase cultural attractions in the Pudong New Area, the area’s top planning body announced yesterday.

The Pudong Art Museum will be built between the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Shanghai International Convention Center along the Huangpu River. It will cover 12,900 square meters and rise to a height of almost 30 meters, the Pudong Land and Planning Authority said.

The piece of vacant land picked as the site of the museum is deemed as the most valuable in Pudong and possibly even the city because of its significant location. Many real estate developers have expressed a willingness to pay a high premium to acquire the plot.

But the Pudong government has instead decided to build a public art venue there for nearby residents, an official with the authority said.

The future museum will mainly hold exhibitions of traditional and modern artworks. Its operations will include collection of works, research, exhibitions, education, cultural exchanges and public services, as well as tourism, according to the authority. The museum is still in the planning stages and an opening schedule has yet to be decided.

The planning body and the Pudong government have launched a global design competition for the museum design. Four international design institutes — OPEN, SANAA, Ateliers Jean Nouvel and David Chipperfield Architects — were picked to compete.

The museum is part of the Pudong government’s plan to build museums, libraries and other arts and cultural facilities for people living and working in Pudong.

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