Minsheng Art Museum is sponsored and funded by the China Minsheng Banking Corporation, which is a non-profit organisation mainly establishing various types of activities that engage in art. It is also the first public welfare organisation within the context of financial institutions in Mainland China. It is based on the study of Chinese modern and contemporary art. It has an international perspective, closely reflecting the trend and the status of Chinese contemporary art, and actively promoting the communication and cooperation between Chinese contemporary art and international cutting-edge art. Minsheng Art Museum will collect and exhibit outstanding artworks from both in and out of China; it also promotes different forms of international communications to support the academic research. Meanwhile, Minsheng Art Museum conducts multiple forms of educational programmes of art and aesthetics for the public. In addition, Minsheng Art Museum also provides a report room, VIP room, literature-based reading room, art book shop and Café for visitors to enjoy in their spare time. All the visitors will be provided with the most user-friendly convenience and plenty of art education resources.
Beijing Minsheng Art Museum was established in 2012 and opened to the public in 2015. Occupying 35,000 square metres floorage and an 8,200 square metre exhibition area, it is located in Universal Creative Park, right next to the most famous contemporary art epicentre 798 Art District. The whole creative park was based on an industrial district appointed by China’s previous leader Deng Xiaoping. The future art museum is not the temple palace for successful artists anymore, but more for interaction among the public, artworks and artists. The art museum space is not for displaying art anymore but for creating art, and the triumph of the achievement of an artwork is the moment when the audience get involved in its context. The arts, the public and the art museum as a whole will be the future space for art creation and appreciation.
The museum building now is designed by architect Zhu Pei, and the museum design consultant is Thomas Krens the previous president of Guggenheim Foundation. Minsheng Art Museum thus derives in an 80’s industrial location, bringing a new atmosphere of publicity, flexibility and modernity to alter the conventional art museum set. The Minsheng Art Museum is in a flexible, diversified and abstract architectural style constructed with several irregular box exhibition spaces, blending the abstraction, contemporary visual effect and the free spirit of the art imagination together. The museum is adaptable to various challenging curatorial compositions and associating conferences, public events and forums.