History and Overview
Located in Shunde, Guangdong, He Art Museum (HEM) is a family established, non-profit private art museum designed by Tadao Ando.
Focusing on the culture and arts in modern and contemporary period with an international vision, HEM is devoted to present compelling art exhibitions, as well as diverse and open cultural activities. With its unique qualities, HEM hopes to establish a hub of communication to explore the integral values of cross-cultural exchange.
In Chinese the character used for the ‘He’ of the institution’s name is 和: harmonious. This character hints at the HEM’s goal of creating a harmonious life through the sharing of art and culture.
Opening in 2020, HEM is one of the largest private museums in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, HEM strives to become an art museum with a local root with a global perspective, which understands the needs of the audience and serves the audience.
The Tadao Ando-designed museum complex takes He Art Museum’s overall theme of ‘harmony’ and applies it to the institution’s architectural core. The museum occupies a total area of approximately 16,000 square metres, about 8,000 square metres of which act as exhibition space.
Leading self-taught Japanese architect Tadao Ando, who won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995, said of his design for HEM that he envisioned it 'as an energetic central anchor point to all the artistic and regional custom, climate, landscape, and civilisation in Lingnan.' Based on a circular framework, the cast-finish concrete structure features the world’s first and only double-helix staircase by slick concrete amongst other architectural finishes.
The scope of collection is focused on the culture and arts in the modern and contemporary period with an international vision, which can be divided into three categories, including Chinese modern art, Chinese contemporary art, as well as modern and contemporary art from the rest of the globe.
Site-specific commission work is part of the collection. One of the commissions is sited at the Crescent Garden, which is Roxy Paine’s Ballast. It is an attribution to Paine's best-known series Dendroids and the first large installation of this series to be displayed in Asia.
With more events being postponed and institutions closing their doors, Art Basel in Hong Kong is also under pressure to cancel.
Backed by the family behind Fortune 500 company Midea, the new museum will be one of the largest in southern China. When it opens in March 2020, HE Art Museum (HEM) will not be hurting for space. Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, it will have over 8,000 square metres (over 86,000 square feet) of exhibition space—almost double what...
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