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Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 19:30

China Museums: Off the Beaten Track

Miriam Clifford

Embassy of Austria
Aodili Dashiguan Jianguomenwai 5 Xiu Shui Nan Jie


China is currently experiencing an explosion of museum building and expansion. In 1990, there were about 300 museums in the country; today, there are well over 2000, excluding the newly-permitted private museums, new art centers and districts. Combined with the recent policy of free entry to most state museums, this has led to a huge increase in visitor numbers as well as the challenge of higher expectations of the museum experience from both Chinese and foreign visitors.

CHINA: museums is a guide to over 200 museums around the country, many of which are off-the-beaten track and of interest to particular collectors or hobbyists. A selection of museums from the book will be presented as well as an explanation of the structure and hierarchy of government museums, and a discussion of current trends and goals for the future.

Miriam Clifford is a freelance photographer and photojournalist living in Beijing. She holds degrees in Classics, Archaeology and Archaeological Conservation from New York University and the Institute of Archaeology, University of London.

CHINA: museums by Miriam Clifford, Cathy Giangrande and Antony White will be available for purchase at the lecture.