Cultural Bits & Bites

January 27, 2020

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

  • 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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