Museum in China Shuts Down After Police’s Sudden Three-Day Demolition Note
By Yimin Huang, 30 Nov 2019
Privately funded Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art (RMCA) in Guangzhou, China was abruptly closed last week after a three-day demolition notice. The arts district nearby, known as the Redtory Art + Design Factory, would be deconstructed as well.
The museum claimed that the notice arrived after a prolonged period of conflict with the local authorities, per The Art Newspaper.
The museum also posted the very short notice to Chinese social media platform WeChat, and claimed that there was no financial support or “policy preference” from the government, according to Metro UK.
The post read that the authorities were expected to “appreciate the efforts” made by art communities in the Redtory art district, but their “lack of vision” was disturbing.
Business towers are purportedly going to be part of the larger Tianhe district, replacing the art buildings. Redtory’s post also touched on the “wreckers machinery” that moved in and tore down their “past” and their “efforts.”
RMCA was constructed in 2009 by repurposing a former canned food factory. It ran on a mixture of contemporary and modern design, and carried out the “social responsibilities” for bringing art to both design and life, as stated on its website.
It was also one of the few Constructivist-style factories that hailed from the early years of the People’s Republic of China, The Art Newspaper revealed.
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