Notwithstanding its location in a commercial shopping mall, the first major exhibition of Monet paintings in China offers encouraging signs for Western art appreciation in Asia.
On view now at Shanghai’s K11 Art Mall, “Master of Impressionism — Claude Monet” is the first Monet exhibition on the Chinese mainland, and its arrival has generated a huge amount of excitement. The exhibition reportedly sold 60,000 tickets before its opening on Saturday.
The show comprises 40 Monet paintings from Paris’s Musée Marmottan Monet and a selection of 12 other Impressionist works from the museum’s permanent collection. These masterpieces are displayed in Shanghai’s K11 Art Mall, which juxtaposes this and other art displays with designer boutiques and cafes.
Exhibition organizer Tix-Media has arranged a number of security measures to protect the paintings, including a limit on visitor traffic and infrared sensors that will create a buffer zone between the art and its viewers.
The exhibition is one in a series of events designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Monet’s native France and host country China.
“Master of Impressionism — Claude Monet” will remain on display through June 15. Read more here.


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