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Museum Report

The Shanghai Museum

Susan Dewar

An exterior view of Shanghai Museum; top: the Bronze Gallery, Shanghai Museum; 

For anyone familiar with the dusty, ill-lit caverns used throughout China to house the nation's treasures, the new Shanghai Museum will be a revelation not simply in terms of its architecture and planning, but in its revolutionary approach to preservation and the needs of the viewing public. Smeared glass cases have been replaced by free-standing pedestals allowing visitors an all-round view of some of the finest masterpieces of China's 5000-year history; state-of-the-art lighting is used both to…

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