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Textile mill finds new use as art gallery

A HISTORIC textile mill transformed into an art gallery following a 100 million yuan (US$16.4 million) renovation opened to the public yesterday.

The 14,000-square-meter gallery, named after renowned artist and collector Han Tianheng, is in the 1940s Feilian Textile Mill in Jiading District.

Admission to the Han Tianheng Art Gallery is free.

An accompanying website will feature all the works in 3D  photographs, the district government said.

Han, who is also chief consultant at the China Calligraphers’ Association, presented 1,136 artworks - including Chinese traditional paintings, seals and calligraphy works Ñ to the district government.

All of these artworks will be exhibited in the gallery.

A five-story red-brick mill chimney and the typical 1940s roof have been retained, the district government said.

It serves as a  tribute to the building’s industrial heritage, said officials.

Three pieces of textile machinery are also on display, while a former workshop has been turned into a temporary exhibition hall.

Exhibits is divided into three sections: Han’s paintings and calligraphy; cultural relics that he collected; and exhibits about Han’s life.

The website will be launched next month, officials said.



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