自2011年建成开馆以来，上海玻璃博物馆在几年间不断为公众奉献着精彩纷呈的展览，从一年一度的中国古玻璃特展，到吸收全球顶尖玻璃设计品的Keep It Glassy特展，来自美国、英国、意大利、德国、荷兰、土耳其、澳大利亚、墨西哥、肯尼亚、日本、韩国等共23国的艺术家与设计师参与博物馆各类展览项目和公众活动。玻璃设计与艺术正跨越空间和语言文化的藩篱，将各式跨型态的玻璃设计与艺术藏品共享于众。
Since opening its doors in 2011, the Shanghai Museum of Glass has presented a variety of top international exhibitions and events, including yearly ancient glass exhibitions and ‘Keep It Glassy’, an exhibition that engages artists and designers from countries such as the USA, UK, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Kenya, Japan and South Korea. These high-end glass designs and glass art pieces transform geographical hurdles and break down cultural barriers to bring cutting-edge ideas and work to the public.
During Shanghai’s transformation into the post-industrial era – the city which has a long developed glass manufacturing business took the lead in remodelling these old industrial buildings. The Shanghai Glassware Factory was turned into the Shanghai Museum of Glass, with many of its original remnants still visible. The revival demonstrates how art and culture can be fostered from old, and often forgotten industrial landscapes.
In the years the Shanghai Museum of Glass has grown dramatically, taking cues from similar industrial parks around the world. The site is now home to the multi-functional glass themed Shanghai Museum of Glass PARK, with the Shanghai Museum of Glass as its core.
The diverse nature of the site is intended to uplift and engage visitors through presenting glass in all its different forms. The material has strong physical and spiritual properties, all of which are celebrated. The park seeks to express and explore the endless possibilities of glass, the park and of the city.
Shanghai Museum of Glass PARK combines exhibitions and entertainment, to create an environment that fosters both an appreciation of art and a cultured lifestyle.
Over the past 60 years, Shanghai has been through a massive transformation from its industrial age to today. The Shanghai Museum of Glass maintains the basic structure of the site’s existing factory, expressing its original details and creating a highly artistic and interactive space. To highlight the building’s previous function as a glass factory, there are several feature areas, including the Kaleidoscope Entrance, Corridor of History, House of Glass and the Jewelry Box.
Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion. This passion is intense perseverance; it is rational choice; it is the satisfaction of having a goal; it is the conviction that will create the future, is the optimism of idealism, is the motivation that enables one to transcend difficulties; it is the foundation on which success is won. It is this passion that enables us to realize the dream of opening a glass museum.Zhang Lin
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