National Art Museum of China

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National Art Museum of China
National Art Museum of China logo.svg
An ornate building front stretching the width of the image, slightly tilted, against a uniformly blue sky. Its front has a projecting pavilion in the Chinese style, echoed by a similar pagoda-style top on the roof above it.
South (front) facade, 2016
Location1 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
Coordinates39°55′25″N 116°24′10″E / 39.92361°N 116.40278°E / 39.92361; 116.40278Coordinates: 39°55′25″N 116°24′10″E / 39.92361°N 116.40278°E / 39.92361; 116.40278
TypeArt museum
CollectionsAncient and contemporary Chinese art; some Western art
Collection size100,000+
Visitors1.05 million (2016)[1]
FounderMao Zedong
DirectorFan Di'an[2]
ArchitectDai Nianci[2]
OwnerMinistry of Culture of the People's Republic of China
Public transit access 8  National Art Museum station
 5   6  Dongsi station
Nearest parkingOn site

The National Art Museum of China (NAMOC, simplified Chinese: 中国美术馆; traditional Chinese: 中國美術館; pinyin: Zhōngguó měishùguǎn) is located at 1 Wusi Ave, Dongcheng District, Beijing, People's Republic of China. It is one of the largest art museums in China, and is funded by the Ministry of Culture.[3] The construction of the museum started in 1958, and concluded in 1962. It has a total land area of 30,000 square metres (320,000 sq ft). The museum was renovated between May 2004 and January 2005, and has been given an additional area of 5,375 square metres (57,860 sq ft).


Circular Gallery inside museum

Its permanent collection includes both ancient and contemporary Chinese artworks as well as notable Western artworks. Although the museum contains collection of imperial Chinese art, its main mission is to serve as a national level art museum dedicated to displaying, collecting and researching the modern and contemporary artistic works of China. It has a main building of four stories, the first three being display areas. There are 21 exhibition halls at the museum.

Its collections are divided into specific categories of:


In 2012, four high-profile architects — Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel and Moshe Safdie — were invited to submit designs for the new National Art Museum venue, which will be seven times larger than the current venue. The museum will be built in collaboration with the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design. Nouvel's plans were revealed on September 18, 2014 at a press conference in Paris attended by the architect and Chinese and French politicians including Laurent Fabius, the French minister of foreign affairs and international development.[4][5]


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  1. ^ "Visitor Figures 2016" (PDF). The Art Newspaper Review. April 2017. p. 14. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b "History of National Art Museum of China". 2013-05-23.
  3. ^ "History". NAMOC. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Chine - Dialogue franco-chinois de haut niveau sur les échanges humains (18.09.14) - France-Diplomatie - Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international". Archived from the original on 2015-02-27. Retrieved 2015-02-27.
  5. ^ Gareth Harris (September 20, 2014), Designs for Beijing mega-museum unveiled The Art Newspaper.

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