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National Art Museum of China
Chinese Name: 中国美术馆
No.1 Wusi Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
Direction: Northeast of Tiananmen
Distance: 2.8 km away from the city center Tiananmen
Subway Line 5, Line 6 at Dongsi Station
Subway Line 8 at National Art Museum Station
Bus No.103, 111, 202Night, 211Night at National Art Museum Station
Bus No.101, 109Electricity, 109, 112, 420, 609, 685 at National Art Museum East Station
Bus No.104K, 104, 108, 201Night, T11 at National Art Museum West Station
The National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) is a national museum dedicated to the collection, research and exhibitions of modern and contemporary artistic works in China. In June 1963, Chairman Mao Zedong inscribed the Chinese-language title board of the museum, which demonstrated its position as a national art museum and the nature of its establishment. The atmosphere of the Art Museum is nice. There are often lots of new works. Visitors can get free ticket using the ID card. Around the museum, there are trades and industries related to modern art.
The museum houses more than 100,000 pieces of various collections, most of which are creations around the establishment of new China. Some collections are masterpieces from the late Ming Dynasty, the Qing Dynasty and the early Republic of China. Most collections are modern and contemporary works, including masterpieces of renowned contemporary Chinese artists, award-winning works from major art exhibitions, and various folk works. Included are such painters as Ren Bonian, Wu Changshuo, Huang Binhong, Qi Baishi, Xu Beihong, Jiang Zhaohe, Situ Qiao, Li Keran, Wu Zuoren, Ye Qianyu, Luo Gongliu and Wu Guanzhong. The museum also collects hundreds of foreign artistic works. German collectors Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ludwig donated 117 pieces of foreign works in 1999, including four oil paintings by Picasso.
The main building features the styles of ancient Chinese attics and ethnic architecture, which is roofed with yellow glazed tiles and surrounded by corridors and pavilions.
The building covers an area of more than 18,000 square meters with 17 exhibition halls from the first floor to the fifth. The museum boasts an exhibition area of 8,300 square meters and a length of 2,110 meters. Nine halls on the first floor cover an area of 5,100 square meters and a length of 1,400 meters; five halls on the third floor have an area of 2,000 square meters and a length of 429 meters, and three halls on the fifth floor cover an area of 1,200 square meters and a length of 235 meters. A modern storeroom founded in 1995 covers an area of 4,100 square meters.
In order to become a national modern museum with international standards, the museum began reconstruction of the main building in May 2002. A variety of facilities have achieved the national leading level after it was completed in May 2003, including exhibition halls, illumination, self-control, constant temperature and humidity, fire control and alarm, and security control system. The new museum has adopted new technology of modern construction, expanded the traditional pattern and enriched new connotations of the ethnic construction tradition. At its 40th anniversary on July 23, 2003, the museum reopened to the public and attracted great attention from artistic circles from home and abroad.
Over the past four decades, the museum has held thousands of influential exhibitions of different kinds featuring renowned artists from home and abroad. Apart from influential domestic exhibitions, numerous international exhibitions are as follows: "Original Works Exhibition of 500 Years Collected by Armand Hammer", "Rural Landscape Painting Exhibition of the 19th Century in France", "Original Works Exhibition of Pablo Picasso", "Engraved Painting Exhibition of German Expressionism", "Art Exhibition of Auguste Rodin", "Art Exhibition of Marc Chagall", "Oriental Spirit: Art Exhibition of Joan Miro", "Collection Exhibition of Austrian National Museum", "Grand Exhibition of African Art", "Art Exhibition of Salvador Dali", "Painting Exhibition of French Impressionism", "300 Years of Russian Arts--State-run Terichekov Fine Arts Museum Treasures Exhibition" (an important exhibition of "Year of Russia" in 2006), "Art in America 300 Years of Innovation", "Italian art- Italian life "(an important exhibition of "Year of Italy" in 2006) and "From Titian to Goya Masterpieces from the Prado Museum"(an important exhibition of "Year of Spain" in 2007). "The Lights of Dun Huang", held in 2008, set three new records for the number of daily, monthly and singular visitors, attracting 660,000 visitors in two months. The museum has established itself as an important shrine of art bringing aesthetic education to the people.
The robust development of the museum benefits greatly from the support of the Central government and the direct leadership of the Ministry of Culture. The Central government established a special collection fund, which laid a solid foundation for the museum's collection of precious works. Quite a few collectors and artists donated their collections to the museum as an act of social responsibility and a strong belief in offering art to the masses, which provided rich resources for the collection. In recent years, the museum has constantly accepted ever-larger donations from such artists and their families as Li Pingfan, Liu Xun, Zhang Ding, Hua Junwu, Zao Wangyun, Tang Yihe, Hua Tianyou, Wen Lou, Wu Zuoren, Jin Shangyi, Wu Guanzhong.
09:00 - 17:00
Stop ticketing at 16:00
The Museum has a counted parking area in the yard. There is a counted parking at the North Street of Dongsi (Dong Si Bei Da Jie), which is the nearest parking to the Museum.
Restaurant and café
Coffee House at the East Hall is accessible during the museum time.
Restaurant at the backyard building is accessible between 11:00―14:00 (Tel: 64009123)
Art Bookstore is accessible during the museum time (Tel: 64034950)
1. Inquiry, depositary, NAMOC exhibition information, brochure, wheelchair and pram can be obtained at the Information Desk.
2. Valid ID card can rent Chinese and English audio guides for permanent exhibitions.
3. Introduction of NAMOC and information about collections can be accessed at the computer guides at the main, east and west entrances.
4. Ramps at the main entrance, elevators and washing rooms for physically challenged visitors are available in NAMOC.
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Views from Travelers:
This is the museum that I love the most. There are fine exhibitions temporarily. You can pay attention to the general trends on the official website. When you go there on weekday, you will see many visitors taking photos while they are visiting. It is a good place for a quiet walk.
It is easy to find. The environment makes me feel comfortable. You can just take your ID card. Lots of painting exhibitions are held there, very completed.
It's free to visit. Sometimes there are thematic exhibitions. Generally the 1st, 3rd, 5th floors are the exhibition halls. There is elevators which are quite convenient. On weekdays, there are not so many visitors.
Lots of elder people go there to take photos. I guess they are photography enthusiasts. It's a good place to improve cultural attainments.
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