Cultural Bits & Bites
From accepting WeChat Pay to private Mandarin tours, Cultural Bits & Bites tracks how museums cater to Chinese cultural travelers to become China-ready.
TRAVEL REVIVAL, CHINA
Air ticket sales pass 50 percent of 2019 numbers, a sign of growing consumer confidence.
Following South Korea's lead, charter flight applications are being accepted from seven countries.
VAN GOGH MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM
Appoints IMG as its exclusive licensing partner for China, North and South America, Africa, and Middle East.
Partnering with Artsy for a fully digital 22nd edition.
Brings together art and activism with 10,000 face masks sold for charity through eBay.
X MUSEUM, BEIJING
Much-anticipated museum focused on young Chinese artists opens May 30.
HONG KONG GALLERIES
"Unscheduled", a 10-day art event will be held June 17 to 27
INSTITUTE OF ASIAN ART, VANCOUVER
Launches a new Mandarin-language virtual lecture series of art talks.
Best-case scenario estimates 16 to 18 million inbound tourists — Thailand received 39 million in 2019.
SHANGHAI ORIENTAL ART CENTER
Holds first post COVID-19 performance in 4 months — capacity limited to 30 percent.
CHINESE BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Will build Chinese Basketball Museum in Tianjin, the birthplace of the sport in China.
CONSUMER COUPONS, CHINA
Sizeable retail promotions and governments distributed coupons saw online sales rise 36.3 percent year-on-year during the May Day holiday.
Two countries create controlled travel corridor.
Artist Sirui Ma, FAR-NEAR, a cross-cultural book series, and friends are raising funds for the Asian American Federation.
Director, Phil Tinari, discusses the crisis in the context of China's art world on the podcast Art Angle.
GALLERY WEEKEND, BEIJING
Postponed major art event set to open May 22 to May 31.
TOURISM VOUCHERS, CHINA
Zhejiang province, East China, releases $30 million worth of digital coupons for use at hotels and scenic spots in bid to boost consumption.
Alibaba's travel platform partners with tourism boards of Finland, Germany, France, and Serbia bringing tourist attractions online.
INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY
Palace Museum holds live streams on short video services TikTok and Kuaishou, a continuation of its COVID-19 initiatives.
MAY DAY REVENUE, CHINA
Jiangxi province, southeast China, raked in 15.38 billion RMB over the holiday, more than any other province.
CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE DAY
Chinese e-commerce companies will co-host a shopping festival selling IP cultural goods, June 13.
With domestic flights, buses, and train services up and running, Vietnam may be the first open Southeast Asian country to begin welcoming Chinese tourists en masse.
CHINA MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM
Launches "China Weeks", a digital showcase of Chinese art designed to engage Britons under lockdown.
Reopened with anti-virus measures including limiting visitation numbers, mandating face-masks, and requiring advanced reservations.
CHINA PERFORMING ARTS AGENCY THEATERS
Hosting 10-hour online concert ft. 150 Int'l. performers, May 9.
CHRISTIE'S + CHINA GUARDIAN
Auction houses will unite for series of sales and exhibitions labelled "2020+".
LABOR DAY, CHINA
Domestic trips numbered 115 million, generating 47.6 billion RMB ($6.7billion) in tourism revenue.
April survey of Chinese living in first tier cities shows 49 percent plan to travel overseas this year.
BEIJING CULTURAL ASSETS ADMINISTRATION CENTER
Issues 50 million RMB ($7 million) in e-vouchers to boost cultural consumption.
LABOR DAY, CHINA
Number traveling outside of home city rose by 50 percent over first day of five-day holiday.
798 ART DISTRICT, BEIJING
Opening of planned museum dedicated to Alberto Giacometti and Pablo Picasso has been delayed.
CHINA'S MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT
Anticipates 117 million people will travel by road, rail or air during the Labor Day holiday, a third of 2019's volume.
After a three-month closure, Beijing's Forbidden City will reopen on May 1 in time for the Labor Day holiday.
Over 100 cultural venues are implementing a single reservation approach to guarantee visitor safety during reopening.
A two-part triennial featuring 41 artists from 20 countries will run Oct 27 (2020) to June 27 (2021).
E-commerce platform records 270 percent month-to-month increase for short trip bookings.
Art fair organizer outlined full refunds for galleries if cancelation occurs.
Predicts 90 million tourists across upcoming Labor Day holiday.
Launches online viewing room, Lixia, a bilingual online viewing room (English and Mandarin).
798 Art Zone museum scheduled to reopen May 21.
Some museums in the capital scheduled to reopen on May 4.
Inter-university report predicts global tourism industry will lose $22 billion in 2020.
E-commerce platform invites Chinese museum curators to live stream tours and connect browsers to merchandise pages.
XI'AN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Online concert at Shaanxi History Museum blends music with cultural relics. The first in a touring series was live streamed on Bilibili and Youku.
MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA, NEW YORK
Post-fire, MOCA launches social media campaign for people to share videos about their treasured objects.
Popular sections of the Great Wall are among the 73 cultural destinations now open in the capital.
Survey from online travel company shows 16 percent of Chinese will be ready to travel over May's Golden Week.
DUNHUANG ACADEMY X TENCENT
Partnership between UNESCO Site and tech giant creates animated drama series.
CHINA ART MUSEUM
Opens exhibition focused on China's battle against COVID-19.
THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM, ST. PETERSBURG
Opening store on Chinese e-commerce platform Tmall. Continues trend of international museums tapping into the popularity of cultural goods in China.
Online classes exploring 68 works of intangible cultural heritage have received 1.7 billion views.
GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE
Teamed up with 2,500+ museums and galleries around the globe to offer virtual tours and online exhibits.
Social hashtag from the Museum of the City of New York has prompted 75+ museums worldwide to share their most “relaxing” art on Twitter and Instagram.
PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES
Offering daily programmed live streams. Lessons to cover propulsion, aerodynamics, racing and other topics.
METROPOLITAN OPERA, NEW YORK CITY
Playing free digital shows every night through March 22.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON D.C
Releasing and reorganizing online resources. Currently offers two exhibitions through Google partnership, as well as videos and virtual tours.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
Melbourne joins 11 Intl. cities in making augmented reality (AR) sculptures by artist KAWS. Accessible via the Acute Art app, the “Expanded Holiday”.
WALKER ART MUSEUM, MINNEAPOLIS
Offering virtual catalogs of existing collections online.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
Asia Week cancelled. NYC auction houses move event to June.
PORT DISCOVERY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, BALTIMORE
Using website to share craft activities for kids to try at home.
Made 2.8 million images available online, evidencing global effort to upload collections.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
Xu Zhen holds first solo show Down Under, “Xu Zhen: Eternity vs Evolution”. Mar. 14 to Sept. 13.
MOGAO CAVES, GANSU PROVINCE
Offering online virtual reality and panoramic museum experiences. The latest digitization effort by Dunhuang Academy.
MUSÉE D’ORSAY, PARIS
Virtual reality tours, exhibition videos, and footage from concerts available online. Chinese translation of museum history is also available.
SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE, ROME
Blockbuster Raphael exhibition closed. Reports show 70,000 advance tickets had been purchased.
MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA, NEW YORK CITY
Post fire, workers recovered most of the institution’s 85,000 item collection, March 8.
GALLERY WEEKEND BEIJING
2020 edition postponed in compliance with official safety recommendations.
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
“Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” exhibition combats misinformation about COVID-19. On view through 2021.
Chinese travel agency shows 38 percent of national scenic areas are now open, an early sign of renewal for China’s tourism industry. Flight searches for May have also risen 84 percent in the past week.
UK CHINESE CHOIR
Held charity concert in London. International artists performed "Together” by Chinese composer Jiang Li to support coronavirus efforts.
ASIA SOCIETY, HOUSTON
“Eternal Offerings: Chinese Ritual Bronzes” exhibition on view through Aug. 9.
LOS ANGELES TOURISM & CONVENTION BOARD
Commissioned artists to create music in support of China. Superstar pianist, Lang Lang, endorsed it leading to millions of views online.
ASIA WEEK NEW YORK
Moving forward with scheduled gallery exhibitions and talks despite major art auction postponements. March 12 to19.
GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK
"Countryside, The Future" exhibition emphasizes China's dramatic rural revitalization. Showing through Aug. 14.
NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART
Hosts major exhibition of Asian art titled “Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon”. March 13 to June 7.
Relocates modern and contemporary sales to New York amid travel restrictions.
JINGART 2020, BEIJING
Art fair cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak. It was originally scheduled for May 21 to 25,
ART BASEL HONG KONG
Launches online viewing rooms following cancelation.
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Holding free pop-up concerts after Asia tour cancelled due to virus.
MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS, SAN DIEGO
“Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography” opens March 7.
PALACE MUSEUM, BEIJING
3-D tours and special exhibitions for 600th anniversary of Forbidden City now accessible online.
NATIONAL CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION
Around 100 “cloud” exhibitions can be enjoyed from home via China’s NCHA website.
PENN MUSEUM, PHILADELPHIA
Offering weekly guided tours in Mandarin.
ANTWERP SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, BELGIUM
Tan Dun dedicates new composition, “Sound Pagoda - The 12 Sounds of Wuhan,” to fighting coronavirus in Antwerp concert.
Chinese travel website reports 150 percent increase of museum-related searches in 2019. The Louvre, the British Museum, and New York’s Met placed in the top five.
BEIJING NATIONAL MUSEUM
“The Journey Back Home: An Exhibition of Chinese Artifacts Repatriated from Italy” made available online.
TATE MODERN, LONDON
“Uniqlo Tate Lates” an after-hours experience will run on the last Friday of every month. Event to include art, DJ sets, pop-up talks, and workshops tailored for Chinese millennials.
Launched web service amid coronavirus. Visitors can enjoy daily animal videos, images, and updates through the park’s social media platforms.
ARTISTS IN ACTION AGAINST VIRUS
Online auction raising funds to fight coronavirus. Featured artists include Zhang Ding, designer of China’s national emblem and Fan Dian, Chairman of the Chinese Artists Association.
SANXINGDUI MUSEUM, GUANGHAN
“Discovering the Sanxingdui Ruins” offers viewers an online tour of Sichuan province, southwest China, with 286 sets of unearthed relics.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
“Where the Truth Lies: The Art of Qiu Ying” exhibition runs Feb 9 to May 17. It's the first show for the Chinese artist outside of Asia.
Virtual showcase, “Porcelain Works of 15th Century China,” features 285 relics from more than 25 Chinese organizations. Online exhibitions can engage Chinese audiences during the ongoing virus.
GRAND PALAIS, PARIS
Hosting Art Capital 2020, Feb. 12 to 16. Annual fair features more than 2,000 artists including Chinese painters, sculptors, engravers, and photographers.
New 3D documentary, “Into America’s Wild,” has global release including several Chinese locations. Film highlights America's natural beauty and hopes to inspire adventurous travelers worldwide.
HE ART MUSEUM, CHINA
Opening of Tadao Ando–designed institution in Guangdong province delayed due to coronavirus.
MUSÉE CERNUSCHI, FRANCE
Tech-centric renovation of the Museum of the Asian Arts of Paris to be completed in March.
HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY
China Summit on digital trends postponed until further notice.
CHINESE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF CHICAGO
“Attic Treasures II,” exhibition opened Feb. 1.
Extensive Ming dynasty porcelain collection on first UK tour starting Feb. 7.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
NGV Friday Nights revival coincides with Keith Haring & Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition. Expect DJs, drag performances, cocktails and NYC street food.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
Saturday University Lecture Series Feb. 15. to March 7. Talks explore range of topics such as the history of banned books in China by artist Xiaoze Xie.
LACMA, LOS ANGELES
Construction of David Geffen Galleries on track for early 2020, creating modern spaces for today’s guests.
TOWER OF DAVID MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF JERUSALEM
Augmented reality tour features 3D characters and interactions. A reflection of trending demand for hi-tech, immersive experiences.
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, NEW YORK
Holding after-hours program with champagne reception and show at the Planetarium, Feb. 15.
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
Commemorates Year of the Rat with diverse festive programming through Feb. 9. Mandarin tours available four times daily.
PLANET WORD MUSEUM, WASHINGTON D.C.
Institution dedicated to language opens May 31. Interactive and immersive exhibitions will appeal Chinese visitors to the capital.
798 ART DISTRICT, BEIJING
National Picasso Museum and Giacometti Foundation to open museum in July. French institutions continue growing China connections.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD
Celebrates New Year with cultural shows, festive snacks, costumed Chinese characters, and a Mandarin Megatron, Jan. 23 to Feb. 9.
BEVERLY CENTER, LOS ANGELES
Partnered with Chinese artist Momo Wang for commemorative New Year WeChat stickers.
YOKOHAMA CHINATOWN, JAPAN
Hosting annual lantern festival, Feb. 8.
Friday Late 2020 program announced. After-dark series tailored to attract Chinese students and FITs.
ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM, SINGAPORE
Hosts “Living with Ink: The Collection of Dr Tan Tsze Chor,” through Mar. 22. Offering tours in Mandarin, a smart way to engage Chinese audiences.
CHINA INSTITUTE, NEW YORK
Partners with Westfield World Trade Center and Madison Avenue retailers for Year of the Rat activities. Combining cultural activities and commerce broadens an institution's profile.
Launches WeChat Mini Program providing maps, travel info, translation, and tax refunds. Shows broad applicability of Mini Programs for DMOs.
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN SYDNEY
Lion and Dragon Dance performance at The Calyx, Feb. 1. February’s self-guided park tour is available in simplified Chinese.
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC
Lunar New Year Concert and Gala conducted by Long Yu, Jan 28, features US Premiere of Zhou Tian’s "Gift".
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES, SPAIN
Hosts "Happy 2020! The Natural History of The Chinese Calendar", Jan 21 to Feb 23. Exhibit connects natural history to the Chinese Lunar calendar.
GARDENS BY THE BAY, SINGAPORE
Dahlia Dreams 2020, a horticultural display created with Beijing Florascape. Working with Mainland brands aids promotion and engagement with domestic and visiting Chinese.
Officials gathered in Rome on Jan 21 to launch a year of culture. Although high-profile, history shows such bilateral agreements have little impact on tourism numbers.
“Meet Vegas” WeChat Mini Program launched, Jan 16. Chinese travelers access information and payment options across the city’s participating hotels, casinos, and airport.
Creates tea set for CNY inspired by museum collection. Releasing tasteful and timely cultural products helps build brand awareness in China.
Celebrates CNY with free cultural activities, Jan 25. Seasonal offerings show cultural savvy and increases contact with local Chinese and visiting travelers.
Signed agreement with AI company iFLYTEK. Technological integration continues across Chinese museums, a reflection of visitor demand for smart and immersive experiences.
NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART
NOMA to host “Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon”, March 13 to June 7. Exhibit of Rockefeller collection offers rich survey of Asian art.
WANG CHUANFENG MUSEUM
Museum dedicated to Chinese painter opened in Tokyo this January. The space will promote Chinese art and serve as a cultural touch point with Japan and beyond.
US-CHINA MUSIC INSTITUTE
Chinese New Year concert with Bard College’s The Orchestra Now, Jan 26. Cross cultural celebration of The Year of the Rat at Lincoln Center.
RED DOT MUSEUM
Design institution's "Human-Nature" exhibition is fully bilingual.
HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON FOUNDATION
Bringing "CHINA, 1948-1949" to Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, April 11 to July 19.
Californian museum will open "Into China" gallery Jan 25.
Go West Summit
B2B tourism event held in Oregon, March 24 to 27.
HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY
Hosting China Summit on digital trends, March 5.
Hong Kong’s new super-museum to boast 360 ft. LED 'art screen'.
America's largest Chinese lantern festival running until Dec 23.
Sydney museum saw 52 percent increase in Chinese visitors from "Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art" show.
"The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China", closing Jan 5, 2020.
SAN DIEGO CHINESE HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM
Chinese New Year Banquet set for Jan 25th, 2020.
ASIA WEEK NEW YORK
Chinese version of event website to be launched in Feb 2020.
CHINA TOURISM NIGHT 2019
China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism holds New York trade show, Dec 10.
Contemporary art museum designed by Zaha Hadid Architects' opens in Changsha, central China.
Vancouver gallery offers guided tours in Mandarin and a mobile app with audio guides.
Chinese Consulate General in Chicago
Hosts reception to promote cultural exchange, Dec 8
HE ART MUSEUM
New private museum in Guangdong province will open to public on March 21, 2020.
THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ART IN SOFIA
Co-hosts "Silk Road: From Tradition to Contemporaneity" exhibition with The Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
The Design Museum's audio guide has been integrated into MyHelsinki's WeChat Mini Program.
2019 ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH
Premier art fair runs Dec 5 to 8.
Lanzhou Song & Dance Theatre graces New York with “Tales of the Silk Road” from Jan 9 to 12.
Staging Steve McQueen Exhibition, Feb 13 to May 11.
Promotion agreement with Fliggy leads to documentary "Banquet Planet" aired on video platform Youku.
New Miami campus to open on December 4 with strong contemporary Chinese collection including Ai Weiwei, Qiu Zhijie, and Zhu Jinshi.
Bilingual tour of museum launched on WeChat.
Katharine Meng-Yuan leads Mandarin tour of Vancouver gallery Sunday, December 8.
UCCA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
Show by Chinese-American artist Hung Liu scheduled to open on Dec. 6 has been cancelled.
SAINT PETERSBURG INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL FORUM
China is a major guest at the event organised by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
NGV | COLLECTING COMME
National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, is promoting fashion exhibition across Chinese social media.
CHATEAU DE MAISONS
The Chateau on the Parisian outskirts posted on Weibo about an upcoming "Fantaisies pour un Palais" exhibition.
PICASSO AND GIACOMETTI
The Paris institutions are collaborating to open a museum in Beijing's 798 Arts District in June 2020.
ATENEUM ART MUSEUM
Finland's best-known art museum boasts a Chinese landing page and has been included in MyHelsinki WeChat Mini Program.
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
The Upper East Side venue will launch a WeChat account in December.
The New York institution specialising in Tibet, Bhutan & other Asian land art will receive a Chinese cultural delegation in the hope of building China visibility.
CENTRAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS (BEIJING)
British artist Anish Kapoor holds first major solo show in China.
The fifth edition of Parisian art fair, ASIA NOW, showcasing emerging artists, performances, and collector displays takes place October 16 to 20.
TIFFANY & CO.
The iconic American jewellery maker launches a two-month long exhibition in Shanghai, following the trend of western luxury brands hosting shows in China.
After a six-years of work, Brooklyn Museum reopened its reimagined arts of China and Arts of Japan galleries to the public.
GREAT LAKES USA
Great Lakes USA ran an eight day promotional photoshoot aimed at the Chinese market ahead of the 2020 Ryder Cup.
CATCH DES MOINES
Catch Des Moines is preparing its China-connections in anticipation of the Farm Progress Show and 2020 World Pork EXPO.