The Mu Xin Art Museum is dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the lifelong work and legacy of the artist, writer, and poet Mu Xin (1927-2011). The Mu Xin Art Museum publicly showcases the entirety of the poet and artist’s past and presents itself as a space for future guidance and academic studies. Located in the artist’s home hometown of Wuzhen, the museum is the leading resource for learning about the impact and continued meaning of Mu Xin’s art.
The museum, opening to the public on November 16, was designed by Hiroshi Okamoto and Bing Lin of OLI Architecture PLLC in New York, both of whom were students of I.M. Pei. Construction by Jujiang Construction Group Co., Ltd, began in 2011 and OLI’s Fabian Servagnat, spent a year and a half working on the interior exhibition design and site supervision.
The project is sponsored by Cultural Wuzhen Co., Ltd.
The south-facing architectural structure takes on a simplistic and modern look, spanning across and reflecting into the Yuanbao Lake in Wuzhen. Slender and delicate in the scenic and tranquil corner of Xizha, the museum is a “must-see” architectural site in Wuzhen, a rising cultural destination in the recent years. The museum occupies a total area of 6,700 square meters (72,118 square feet). When presented with the design, Mu Xin was touched, simply expressing, “Wind, water and a bridge,” as the conception fits Mu Xin's lifelong efforts to achieve convergence of Western and Eastern cultures and aesthetics.
The single-artist museum displaying the art and writing of Mu Xin will be the first of its kind to be publicly displayed. The museum, with five permanent galleries dedicated to Mu Xin’s art and writing, includes painting galleries, a literature gallery, The Prison Notes gallery, and a small cinema. In the two additional galleries, the museum will showcase the work of other artists who had a significant impact on Mu Xin. The multi-fonction room will be displaying images of Mu Xin’s paintings in details.
About the Permanent Collection
Mu Xin left behind more than 600 paintings and thousands of manuscripts. Approximately 100 paintings and 50 manuscripts have been selected for the opening exhibition.
About the Temporary Exhibitions
Since the grand opening, Mu Xin Art Museum has collaborated with museums and libraries in Germany, England, America and other countries to co-organize temporary exhibition such as “Nietzsche and Mu Xin”, “Lin Fengmian and Mu Xin” in 2015, “Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu” in 2016,
“In Mu Xin’s words: Treasures of the British Library”, “Mu Xin’s Prison Notes and facsimiles of his paintings in the Yale collection” in 2017, and “Persian Poem Manuscripts” in 2018.
Muxin (1927-2011) is a painter, writer and poet. His original name was Sun Pu. He loved painting and literature since he was a little boy. He also practiced piano and composition. He started writing when he was 12 and his essay was published in local newspaper when he was 16.
In 1982, Muxin moved to New York. Restarting painting and writing, he had published more than 30 collections of poetry and essays on both sides of the Straits. During the same period, he also continued to paint. In 2001, Yale University Art Museum held a large-scale solo exhibition for him, and toured the Chicago Art Museum, the Hawaiian Art Museum and the New York Asian Association Art Museum.
Muxin moved back to Wuzhen in 2006 with our invitation. He passed away in 2011. Wuzhen built the “Muxin Art Museum”in the same year.
Summer: 9:00-17:30; winter: 9:00-17:00. Closed on Mondays.