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Changing cultural landscape for city

By Sophie Wang (Shanghai Daily)

15:56, December 27, 2011

SHANGHAI'S cultural scene will see major changes next year after four key projects were launched yesterday.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the China Art Palace, China Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai Songze Historical Relics Museum and Guo Cui Yuan (National Treasures Center) were held in the city.

The China Art Palace, 10 times as large as the Shanghai Art Museum in People's Square, will be unveiled next year at the China Pavilion, one of the highlights of the World Expo in 2010.

The China Art Palace, which will cover an area of 70,000 square meters, is expected to be on par with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Musee d'Orsay in Paris.

The 2012 Shanghai Biennale is reported to be its opening event next October and the venue will be a major showcase for modern Chinese art.

The palace will retain most of the facilities from the China Pavilion.

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