OPENING OF ARTPLAZA AND
EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY OF SHMOG
June 22, 2019
Jumping outside the box, Working for aesthetic new life
On 22nd June, 2019, Shanghai Museum of Glass ushered in its eighth anniversary. We prepared a series of celebrating activities and invited guests from arts, design, and cultural sectors at home and abroad and also the public, to share this moment and witness the grand opening of our outdoor plaza.
Since last anniversary’s breaking through in “BRKN”, interpreted glass inherent properties of vulnerability and fragile. This exhibition has greatly expanded the original definition and structure of glass, and also linked to one self’s vulnerability as a human. Such brand-new work continued to explore infinite possibilities of glass and gave visitors a more personal and profound experience and reflection.
Yet, in this year, Shanghai Museum of Glass tries to break through in “sharing community” which is one of our visions. Under the principle of “Creating and Sharing Museum Aesthetic New Life”, we hope to integrate glass into everyone’s life. People usually have a typical image towards museum: inflexible and showing art pieces inside an enclosed space. Therefore, we have jumped outside the space limitation and created an outdoor plaza, in order to overturn such perception. By blending the art and design exhibitions in the museum and entertainment programs in the other areas, art can be shown even outside the museum. We can have a much closer relationship with the public, letting them to experience art from 0 to 1 and interact with artists there.
On the day of celebration, there were varies of cultural performances to revitalize the park. Elegant and tailor-made performance by modern dance performers, wonderful melody performed by foreign band, balloon modelling for kids by crown, etc., everyone was having fun here. And all guests spent a jolly and unforgettable evening together, chatting and enjoying amazing band, crystal glass and radiance glass performances, indulging in the delightful and relaxing atmosphere. Just like our headline for eighth anniversary -“Dare to be wild”, aimed at letting visitors to get in touch with the nature and interact with strangers and leave an impressive memory after visiting our museum.
Through this breakthrough, we hope to spread a message that art can be part of our life and museum is not as formal as the majority thinks. We are not just showing art visually, but also integrating art into everyday life, giving out more realistic joy and feeling to our visitors. We will stay gold at a time we are having new attempts, continue in building up atmosphere of aesthetic new life, and of course, achieving our ultimate goal of becoming an influential museum worldwide.