Beijing, China (2013 - )
The Yuan Museum is an initiative undertaken by Zeng Fanzhi, one of China’s most celebrated contemporary artists, who intends to establish the preeminent venue in China for the exhibition and pedagogical presentation of Western art in the figurative tradition. Tadao Ando Architects are designing the 10,000 sm building on the site of a mixed-use development in the Embassy District. The building, with galleries on 5 levels as well as a multi-media theater, arts library, café and shop, occupies a privileged position next to a new park alongside a canal; a series of sculpture terraces will connect the museum’s galleries to the densely planted grounds.
Museoplan assisted the project development team for the museum in its review of the architectural project with special emphasis on the functionality of gallery configurations, art installation strategies, lighting systems and essential back-of-house support spaces. Museoplan also worked directly with the Yuan to establish an organizational model for the new museum, including institutional administration and staffing, exhibition planning, development strategies and programming for ancillary cultural events.