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Saturday26 July 2014

V&A reveals Maki's Shenzhen museum

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V&A signs deal with Chinese developer

The V&A has revealed designs by Fumihiko Maki for China’s first major museum of design.

The world-famous South Kensington museum will have a dedicated gallery within the new attraction in Shenzhen, a fast-growing city just north of Hong Kong.

This will allow it to show major V&A exhibitions and curated displays from its collections.

It will also help the Shekou Museum develop its own collections. A senior curator from the V&A will take part in a three-year secondment in Shenzhen to work as Head of the Shekou V&A Partnership in China.

The V&A signed a collaboration agreement in London this month with China Merchants Group (CMG), the property company leading the development of the museum.

Tim Reeve, the V&A’s chief operating officer, said: “This is an incredibly exciting project for the V&A. It builds on the long history the V&A has of working in and with China to share collections, knowledge and expertise. By working with our trusted partner, China Merchants Group, we are able to engage in a meaningful and financially sustainable way with one of the most dynamic design cities in the world at a time when China is emerging at the forefront of new design ideas and creative thinking.”

It is due to open by the end of 2016.

 

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