Land dispute leaves empty walls in Shanghai
Rising tensions between China and Japan over ownership of Pacific Islands affects loan show
By Martin Bailey. Web only
Published online: 01 November 2012
The row between China and Japan over disputed Pacific islands has had a negative impact on Shanghai’s newest museum, leaving part of its latest show consisting of nothing but lights and empty walls.
In October the China Art Palace, set in what was the China pavilion in the 2010 World Expo, was inaugurated with an ambitious exhibition entitled “Congratulations from the World”. Bemused visitors at the opening found that works on loan from the Kitano Museum of Art in Nagano City had been removed at the last minute (it is unclear whether by the Chinese or the Japanese). This was because of rising tensions over the ownership of the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands, which lie between the two countries.
Other lenders to the “Congratulations from the World” exhibition are the British Museum, New York’s Whitney Museum, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, the Maison de Victor Hugo in Paris, the Museo Nacional de San Carlos in Mexico City and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
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