China Art Palace (Shanghai Expo China Pavilion)

During the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, guests just couldn’t stay away from the iconic China Pavilion. The massive red structure, based on traditional Chinese architecture and crowns, is one of the few pavilions, along with the Saudi Arabian Moon Boat, to survive the end of the Expo. The digital, animated recreation of the long traditional Chinese painting “Along the River During Qingming Festival,” once housed in the China Pavilion, now resides in the Commemoration Exhibition of Expo 2010 Shanghai.

The pavilion reopened its doors to visitors for a time in 2011, playing home to a Picasso exhibition. As of October 2012, however, the China Art Palace has fully reopened, showcasing a large collection of Chinese modern art, works from the Shanghai Art Museum, as well as international art from abroad.


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