Sunday, February 7, 2016

ARCHITECTURAL RECORD: Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum

Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum

At 985 feet long, an abandoned Panasonic television factory in Beijing offered tantalizing potential as a cultural space—and huge challenges. Set at the northern edge of Factory 798, the buzzing arts district that has developed in a cluster of mostly defunct industrial facilities during the past 20 years, the building was a logical site for China Minsheng Bank to create a museum to anchor its expanding presence in the contemporary art world. (The bank already had a museum in Shanghai, founded in 2008.) But converting the derelict leviathan in China’s capital, with its vast acreage of generic space, into a humanely scaled place for art would not be easy.


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