Art Museums in China: Boundaries, Challenges and Affordances
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AbstractArt museums in China, including public museums and private museums, keep attracting people’s attention in the past several years, they are expected to have a profound impact on the way we think as well as the lifestyle we live. Based on a survey that conducted with the help of The Ministry of Culture, this research looks deeply into the key factors of public museums in China, such as the superior department in charge, rank, size of working personnel, scale of exhibition area, number of collections, annual operating expenses and collecting expenses, problems and difficulties that they confronted with, etc. Data were collected from more than two hundred museums all around China with their curators and staffs as informants. By comparing the situation with the rapid development of private art museums in China, especially in Shanghai, it is impressive that private collectors have ideologically intervened into public communication in the way of acting like museums founders before they are museum founders, in which the discourse construction is actually a process from manipulation to discursive power to authority. Thus it is easy to position the distinctions between the two kinds of museums, they have to deal with different challenges, provide with dissimilar affordances, function as distinctive social fabrics beyond various boundaries.
Acceptance Date28/11/2016
All Author(s) ListLUO Xianmei
Name of Conference2017 6th International Conference on Humanity, History and Society (ICHHS 2017)
Start Date of Conference10/03/2017
End Date of Conference12/03/2017
Place of ConferenceParis
Country/Region of ConferenceFrance
Series TitleSession 4: Sociology and Humanity
Number in Series4
Year2017
Month3
Day10
Volume Number2017
Issue Number1
PublisherIEDRC
Place of PublicationParis
Article numberHF2008-A
Pages30 - 31
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsChina, Art Museum, Contemporary, Public, Private

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