Cultural Bits & Bites

April 9, 2020

From accepting WeChat Pay to private Mandarin tours, Cultural Bits & Bites tracks how museums cater to Chinese cultural travelers to become China-ready.

  • CHINA ART MUSEUM

    Opens exhibition focused on China's battle against COVID-19.

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  • 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.

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  • SINA WEIBO

    Online classes exploring 68 works of intangible cultural heritage have received 1.7 billion views.

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  • GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE

    Teamed up with 2,500+ museums and galleries around the globe to offer virtual tours and online exhibits.

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  • #MuseumMomentofZen

    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.

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  • PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES

    Offering daily programmed live streams. Lessons to cover propulsion, aerodynamics, racing and other topics.

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  • METROPOLITAN OPERA, NEW YORK CITY

    Playing free digital shows every night through March 22.

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  • 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.

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  • 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”.

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  • WALKER ART MUSEUM, MINNEAPOLIS

    Offering virtual catalogs of existing collections online.

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  • METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

    Asia Week cancelled. NYC auction houses move event to June.

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  • PORT DISCOVERY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, BALTIMORE

    Using website to share craft activities for kids to try at home.

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  • SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION 

    Made 2.8 million images available online, evidencing global effort to upload collections.

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  • NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

    Xu Zhen holds first solo show Down Under, “Xu Zhen: Eternity vs Evolution”. Mar. 14 to Sept. 13. 

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  • MOGAO CAVES, GANSU PROVINCE

    Offering online virtual reality and panoramic museum experiences. The latest digitization effort by Dunhuang Academy.

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  • MUSÉE D’ORSAY, PARIS

    Virtual reality tours, exhibition videos, and footage from concerts available online. Chinese translation of museum history is also available. 

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  • SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE, ROME

    Blockbuster Raphael exhibition closed. Reports show 70,000 advance tickets had been purchased. 

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  • MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA, NEW YORK CITY

    Post fire, workers recovered most of the institution’s 85,000 item collection, March 8.

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  • GALLERY WEEKEND BEIJING

    2020 edition postponed in compliance with official safety recommendations. 

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  • SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

    “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” exhibition combats misinformation about COVID-19. On view through 2021.

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  • TONGCHENG ELONG

    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.

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  • UK CHINESE CHOIR

    Held charity concert in London. International artists performed "Together” by Chinese composer Jiang Li to support coronavirus efforts. 

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  • ASIA SOCIETY, HOUSTON

    “Eternal Offerings: Chinese Ritual Bronzes” exhibition on view through Aug. 9. 

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  • 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.

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  • ASIA WEEK NEW YORK

    Moving forward with scheduled gallery exhibitions and talks despite major art auction postponements. March 12 to19. 

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  • GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK 

    "Countryside, The Future" exhibition emphasizes China's dramatic rural revitalization. Showing through Aug. 14.

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  • NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART

    Hosts major exhibition of Asian art titled “Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon”. March 13 to June 7.

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  • SOTHEBY'S

    Relocates modern and contemporary sales to New York amid travel restrictions. 

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  • JINGART 2020, BEIJING

    Art fair cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak. It was originally scheduled for May 21 to 25,

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  • ART BASEL HONG KONG

    Launches online viewing rooms following cancelation. 

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  • BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 

    Holding free pop-up concerts after Asia tour cancelled due to virus. 

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  • MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS, SAN DIEGO

    “Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography” opens March 7. 

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  • PALACE MUSEUM, BEIJING

    3-D tours and special exhibitions for 600th anniversary of Forbidden City now accessible online.

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  • NATIONAL CULTURAL HERITAGE ADMINISTRATION

    Around 100 “cloud” exhibitions can be enjoyed from home via China’s NCHA website.

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  • PENN MUSEUM, PHILADELPHIA

    Offering weekly guided tours in Mandarin.

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  • ANTWERP SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, BELGIUM

    Tan Dun dedicates new composition, “Sound Pagoda - The 12 Sounds of Wuhan,” to fighting coronavirus in Antwerp concert.

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  • QYER

    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.

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  • BEIJING NATIONAL MUSEUM

    “The Journey Back Home: An Exhibition of Chinese Artifacts Repatriated from Italy” made available online. 

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  • 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. 

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  • BEIJING ZOO

    Launched web service amid coronavirus. Visitors can enjoy daily animal videos, images, and updates through the park’s social media platforms.

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  • 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. 

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  • SANXINGDUI MUSEUM, GUANGHAN

    “Discovering the Sanxingdui Ruins” offers viewers an online tour of Sichuan province, southwest China, with 286 sets of unearthed relics. 

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  • 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. 

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  • SHANGHAI MUSEUM 

    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.

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  • 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. 

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  • BRAND USA

    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. 

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  • HE ART MUSEUM, CHINA 

    Opening of Tadao Ando–designed institution in Guangdong province delayed due to coronavirus. 

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  • MUSÉE CERNUSCHI, FRANCE

    Tech-centric renovation of the Museum of the Asian Arts of Paris to be completed in March. 

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  • HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY

    China Summit on digital trends postponed until further notice. 

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  • CHINESE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF CHICAGO

    “Attic Treasures II,” exhibition opened Feb. 1. 

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  • BRITISH MUSEUM

    Extensive Ming dynasty porcelain collection on first UK tour starting Feb. 7. 

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 

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  • LACMA, LOS ANGELES

    Construction of David Geffen Galleries on track for early 2020, creating modern spaces for today’s guests. 

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  • 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.

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  • AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, NEW YORK

    Holding after-hours program with champagne reception and show at the Planetarium, Feb. 15.

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  • AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

    Commemorates Year of the Rat with diverse festive programming through Feb. 9. Mandarin tours available four times daily. 

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  • PLANET WORD MUSEUM, WASHINGTON D.C.

    Institution dedicated to language opens May 31. Interactive and immersive exhibitions will appeal Chinese visitors to the capital.

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  • 798 ART DISTRICT, BEIJING

    National Picasso Museum and Giacometti Foundation to open museum in July. French institutions continue growing China connections. 

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  • UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD

    Celebrates New Year with cultural shows, festive snacks, costumed Chinese characters, and a Mandarin Megatron, Jan. 23 to Feb. 9. 

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  • BEVERLY CENTER, LOS ANGELES

    Partnered with Chinese artist Momo Wang for commemorative New Year WeChat stickers. 

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  • YOKOHAMA CHINATOWN, JAPAN

    Hosting annual lantern festival, Feb. 8.

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  • V&A 

    Friday Late 2020 program announced. After-dark series tailored to attract Chinese students and FITs.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • TOURISM IRELAND

    Launches WeChat Mini Program providing maps, travel info, translation, and tax refunds. Shows broad applicability of Mini Programs for DMOs.

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  • 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.

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  • NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC

    Lunar New Year Concert and Gala conducted by Long Yu, Jan 28, features US Premiere of Zhou Tian’s "Gift".

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • CHINA-ITALY

    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.

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  • LAS VEGAS

    “Meet Vegas” WeChat Mini Program launched, Jan 16. Chinese travelers access information and payment options across the city’s participating hotels, casinos, and airport.

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  • MET

    Creates tea set for CNY inspired by museum collection. Releasing tasteful and timely cultural products helps build brand awareness in China.

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  • NGV

    Celebrates CNY with free cultural activities, Jan 25. Seasonal offerings show cultural savvy and increases contact with local Chinese and visiting travelers.

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  • SHANGHAI MUSEUM

    Signed agreement with AI company iFLYTEK. Technological integration continues across Chinese museums, a reflection of visitor demand for smart and immersive experiences.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • RED DOT MUSEUM

    Design institution's "Human-Nature" exhibition is fully bilingual.

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  • HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON FOUNDATION

    Bringing "CHINA, 1948-1949" to Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, April 11 to July 19.

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  • BLACKHAWK MUSEUM

    Californian museum will open "Into China" gallery Jan 25.

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  • Go West Summit

    B2B tourism event held in Oregon, March 24 to 27.

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  • HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY

    Hosting China Summit on digital trends, March 5.

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  • M+

    Hong Kong’s new super-museum to boast 360 ft. LED 'art screen'.

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  • NASHVILLE ZOO

    America's largest Chinese lantern festival running until Dec 23.

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  • AGNSW

    Sydney museum saw 52 percent increase in Chinese visitors from "Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art" show.

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  • LACMA

    "The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China", closing Jan 5, 2020.

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  • SAN DIEGO CHINESE HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM

    Chinese New Year Banquet set for Jan 25th, 2020.

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  • ASIA WEEK NEW YORK

    Chinese version of event website to be launched in Feb 2020.

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  • CHINA TOURISM NIGHT 2019

    China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism holds New York trade show, Dec 10.

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  • MICA

    Contemporary art museum designed by Zaha Hadid Architects' opens in Changsha, central China.

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  • POLYGON GALLERY

    Vancouver gallery offers guided tours in Mandarin and a mobile app with audio guides.

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  • Chinese Consulate General in Chicago

    Hosts reception to promote cultural exchange, Dec 8

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  • HE ART MUSEUM

    New private museum in Guangdong province will open to public on March 21, 2020.

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  • 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.

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  • MYHELSINKI

    The Design Museum's audio guide has been integrated into MyHelsinki's WeChat Mini Program.

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  • 2019 ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH

    Premier art fair runs Dec 5 to 8.

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  • LINCOLN CENTER

    Lanzhou Song & Dance Theatre graces New York with “Tales of the Silk Road” from Jan 9 to 12.

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  • TATE MODERN

    Staging Steve McQueen Exhibition, Feb 13 to May 11.

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  • ARGENTINA TOURISM

    Promotion agreement with Fliggy leads to documentary "Banquet Planet" aired on video platform Youku.

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  • RUBELL MUSEUM

    New Miami campus to open on December 4 with strong contemporary Chinese collection including Ai Weiwei, Qiu Zhijie, and Zhu Jinshi.

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  • MELBOURNE MUSEUM

    Bilingual tour of museum launched on WeChat.

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  • CAG

    Katharine Meng-Yuan leads Mandarin tour of Vancouver gallery Sunday, December 8.

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  • UCCA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

    Show by Chinese-American artist Hung Liu scheduled to open on Dec. 6 has been cancelled.

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  • SAINT PETERSBURG INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL FORUM

    China is a major guest at the event organised by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

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  • NGV | COLLECTING COMME

    National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, is promoting fashion exhibition across Chinese social media.

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  • CHATEAU DE MAISONS

    The Chateau on the Parisian outskirts posted on Weibo about an upcoming "Fantaisies pour un Palais" exhibition.

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  • PICASSO AND GIACOMETTI

    The Paris institutions are collaborating to open a museum in Beijing's 798 Arts District in June 2020.

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  • ATENEUM ART MUSEUM

    Finland's best-known art museum boasts a Chinese landing page and has been included in MyHelsinki WeChat Mini Program.

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  • MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

    The Upper East Side venue will launch a WeChat account in December.

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  • RUBIN MUSEUM

    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.

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  • CENTRAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS (BEIJING)

    British artist Anish Kapoor holds first major solo show in China.

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  • ASIA NOW

    The fifth edition of Parisian art fair, ASIA NOW, showcasing emerging artists, performances, and collector displays takes place October 16 to 20.

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  • 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.

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  • BROOKLYN MUSEUM

    After a six-years of work, Brooklyn Museum reopened its reimagined arts of China and Arts of Japan galleries to the public.

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  • GREAT LAKES USA

    Great Lakes USA ran an eight day promotional photoshoot aimed at the Chinese market ahead of the 2020 Ryder Cup.

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  • CATCH DES MOINES

    Catch Des Moines is preparing its China-connections in anticipation of the Farm Progress Show and 2020 World Pork EXPO.

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