Rockbund Art Museum

Rockbund Art Museum information

Location
Shànghǎi , China
Address
20 Huqiu Rd; 虎丘路20号
Getting there
Metro: Line 2, 10 to East Nanjing Rd
More information
www.rockbundartmuseum.org
Prices
adult/child ¥30/15
Opening hours
10am-6pm Tue-Sun
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Housed in the magnificent former Royal Asiatic Society building (1932) – once Shànghǎi's first museum – this world-class gallery behind the Bund focuses on contemporary Chinese and international art, with rotating exhibits year-round and no permanent collection. One of the city’s top modern-art venues, the building's interior and exterior are both sublime. Check out the unique art-deco eight-sided bāguà (trigram) windows at the front, a fetching synthesis of Western modernist styling and traditional Chinese design.

The interior is all textbook deco lines and curves, including the fine staircase. Head to the rooftop terrace for excellent views, despite the hulking form of the Peninsula Hotel blocking out much of Lùjiāzuĭ. Admission includes a free coffee from its top-floor cafe.