China Art Museum: Free ✌️
ROCKBUND, Misdemeanours Exhibition: 25¥
MOMA, Dior Exhibition: 50¥ (Student 25¥) FINISHED
Shanghai Propaganda Museum: 20¥
Urban Planning Museum: 50¥ (Student 15¥)
MOMA, Yayoi Kusama Exhibition: 50¥ (Student 25¥) FINISHED
“WHY ARE THERE SO. MANY. PEOPLE.”
This startlingly familiar, and inevitably rhetorical, question is one that often drifts into mind when I find myself splayed and squashed, chest-to-back, in a confused cross between queuing and crowd-mobbing in China. National Holidays, rush hours, and anything Public Transport – the sheer mass of people is terrifying.
I’M IN A MUSEUM
Now I don’t know what comes to mind when you think about heading to a museum, but a small scale battle is probably not the first image, what with with the elbow-vying for the perfect shot, the walking-speed race to reach the exhibit, and the split-second warning of a frantically wiggling flag that leads the dreaded tour guide of locals to descend upon your moment with Picasso.
In a brash, flap of tangled camera straps, and hot jackets, knees and elbows, the Chinese tour descends suddenly with its 120 decibel, robot-like tour guide, and sweeps itself off just as suddenly.
Reminiscent of a drilled march, the pit-stops allow tour groups to furiously snap photos at head-height (and by that, I mean my 5″8 head), with barely a glimpse of the attraction that isn’t through a small 3×4, pixellated viewer screen.
It’s not quite the quiet afternoon I usually have in mind when I leave my room for an exhibition.
YOU THINK IT’S JUST CHINA?