Locally based American architecture writer Clare Jacobson is giving a talk about her latest book, New Museums in China, and about China’s recent museum-building boom. During the last decade, more than a thousand new museums have opened in China: 100 per year on average, with a peak of approximately 400 new museums in 2011. A default narrative has taken hold. The rate of construction is outpacing available art. Museums are empty or filled with forgeries. But Jacobson's book debunks that notion, celebrating the museums in their own right: there are museums of glass, birds, wood, clocks, hand-crafted paper, and more traditional holdings. Talk takes place at the Y.W.C.A Building (133 Yuanmingyuan Lu, it's opposite Rockbund Museum) from 4-6pm.
Rockbund Art Museum 20 Huqiu Lu,
near Beijing Dong Lu