Travel Report: Dafen Art Museum – Shenzhen, China.
February 2018. Appropriately perched on the side of Dafen Oil Painting Village, the super modern Dafen Art Museum is well worth an hour of your time. Housed in a striking building on a large open square, it showcases original paintings from local artists.
February 2018. As with the adjacent oil painting village there’s no entry fee for Dafen Art Museum, you can just stroll in and investigate at your leisure. Start here at the main entrance where there’s a giant sculpture depicting traditional Chinese canal life.
February 2018. Dafen Art Museum is a huge, air-conditioned space. There’s not much of a security presence and you can take as many photos as you want. The whole museum takes a stripped back approach, with barely any literature at all to accompany the paintings, just the name of the painter and the year it was created.
February 2018. Dafen Art Museum hosts an annual Oil Painting Fair every October. There are special exhibitions and a huge live auction that fetched over 700 million RMB in 2017 ($1.1000000). I wonder how this fantastic painting, almost photographic in its clarity, would cost to take home.
February 2018. Dafen Art Museum is open daily (except Mondays) from 10:00-17:00.
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