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Seminar Invitation: Yes, we CAN (Cultural Action Network)——Is It Appropriate to Build the Beijing Guggenheim Museum into the Huang Shi Cheng (Qing Dynasty Imperial Archives) compound?


Recently, the Guggenheim Museum Beijing & the Studio Pei Zhu jointly announced their conceptual design for Guggenheim Museum Beijing. According to the designer: “The contemporary insertions into the complex are designed to impact minimally on the fabric and character of Huang Shi Cheng, whilst being completely distinct from the existing structure in form and appearance. Although the new exhibition buildings aim to maximize available space in their strategic locations, they are self-contained structures that make no contact with the historic buildings around them.” This design had caused a lot of controversy once reported by the sina miniblog of China Museum Magazine.

Is it appropriate to build the Guggenheim Museum Beijing into the Huang Shi Cheng compound? Will it cause further damage to the Imperial Archives, the Imperial City, or even the Beijing Old City? How to open a visual dialogue between the new building and its historical context? The public should make their opinions heard.

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Conceptual Design about the Guggenheim Museum Beijing

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Time: 2:30-4:30 pm, 30th June, 2012 (Saturday)

Venue: Meeting Room, Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CHP)

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RSVP: Seating is limited, so please RSVP with us: chpnews@163.com , or 010-64036532, including your name, phone number, and number of participants.


  1. Please bring any relevant information to this conference.
  2. Please bring your own water bottle to support protecting our environment.

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