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Changing cultural landscape for city

SHANGHAI'S cultural scene will see major changes next year after four key projects were launched yesterday.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the China Art Palace, China Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai Songze Historical Relics Museum and Guo Cui Yuan (National Treasures Center) were held in the city.

The China Art Palace, 10 times as large as the Shanghai Art Museum in People's Square, will be unveiled next year at the China Pavilion, one of the highlights of the World Expo in 2010.

The China Art Palace, which will cover an area of 70,000 square meters, is expected to be on par with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Musee d'Orsay in Paris.

The 2012 Shanghai Biennale is reported to be its opening event next October and the venue will be a major showcase for modern Chinese art.

The palace will retain most of the facilities from the China Pavilion.

Cultural relics

Also next year, the World Expo's Urban Future Pavilion will become the China Contemporary Art Museum, providing exhibition space for contemporary art.

The museum, which is set to cover 15,000 square meters, will open at the same time as the art palace.

Sited in suburban Qingpu District, the Shanghai Songze Historical Relics Museum will house cultural relics and historical findings from the Songze Culture Ruins, listed as one of the 100 important archeological findings of the 20th century in China.

The Songze Culture (3900-3200 BC) was one of the city's earliest cultures.

A number of ceramic, stone or bronze items were found on the site and there was also evidence showing that the Chinese people were already growing rice all those years ago.

The museum is due to open in 2013.

The 15,000-square-meter National Treasures Center in Xuhui District, meanwhile, involves relocation of the Shanghai Peking Opera House and the Duoyunxuan Art Center.

After it is completed in 2013, it will be a center for art creation, exchange and trading for art organizations.

The center will be located in the riverside area between Xujiahui and the Longhua Temple tourist area.


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