Aurora Museum is the first private art museum in the Lujiazui area of Shanghai, which was officially opened in October 2013. It has six floors and 6316 square meters. Aurora Museum pays equal attention to history and art and considers collection, research, exhibition, operation and promotion as a dynamic whole. Adhering to the Chinese culture of “protection, inheritance, and dedication”, the museum promotes the study of ancient artefacts with the core of “material, technique, form and pattern”, and cooperates with Peking University’s School of Archaeology and Museology etc. to strive to improve on the platform of cooperation between museum and universities. The museum collection can be divided into Buddhist Sculptures, Ancient Jade, Ancient Pottery Figures, and Blue-and-white Porcelains.
Aurora Museum is designed by Mr. Tadao Ando, a world-renowned architect. The architecture of the museum is inspired by the jewellery box, which uses the glass curtain to build a concise and clear geometric appearance. In the Huangpu night scenery, the museum is like a deep, quiet and reserved blue jewellery box. Space structure and exhibition display unites cleverly, which demonstrates a strong sense of history and artistry and renders a wonderfully dramatic and penetrating effect. The museum creates another new urban landscape and cultural landmarks for Shanghai.
“Ancient Pottery Figures” exhibition features collections of painted pottery figures in forms of people and animals, from periods of Han and Tang Dynasties. Combined with animation virtual scenes and themes of transporting, clothing, entertaining and music, the exhibition demonstrates achievements of Han’s liveliness and Tang’s fullness in pottery figures. The exhibition also reshapes the Han’s social atmosphere of simplicity and vividness under the perception of “the cycle of life and death”, and Tang’s blooming and opening characteristics of time in terms of “richness and fullness with enthusiasm”.
“Ancient Jade” exhibition selects collection in typical jade to set up three exhibition units including “Ancient Jade Masterpieces”, “Funerary Jade in Han Dynasty”, and “The Study of Ancient Jade”. The exhibition reveals the profound connotation of ancient Chinese jade culture in different angles. While combing through the distinctive artistic styles and developing veins of the ancient jade, the exhibition presents the ideas, lifestyles, and aesthetics of different periods.
“Blue-and-white Porcelains” exhibition features with “Ancient Chinese Porcelains”, “Exportation of Blue-and-white Porcelains” and “The Study of Ancient Blue-and-white Porcelains”. The exhibition selects collection of blue-and-white porcelains from Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, and analyzes in detail by the approach of the study of ancient artefacts. While clearly outlining the style and development of the blue-and-white porcelains in 600 years, the exhibition reconstructs the economic and cultural exchange and collision of ancient China and foreign countries.
“Buddhist Sculptures” exhibition is mainly composed of the early Buddhist art of Gandhara statues and localization of the Northern Wei Dynasty, Sui and Tang Dynasty, etc. By approaches of the study of ancient artefacts to render statues’ material characteristics and technologies, from the perspective of the history of the development, the exhibition introduces the origin of Chinese Buddhist sculptures, the formation of the local style and the ancient Buddha newborn significance. From a lateral view, it interprets the profound artistic creativity and cultural amalgamation of Chinese civilization.
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 from Tuesday to Sunday
Friday opening hours extended to 21:00
Closed on Monday
Free for one child under 1.3m when accompanied by an adult with a ticket.