V&A and China Merchants Group to develop Shekou Museum in Shenzhen, China

18 June 2014 (Last Updated June 18th, 2014 18:30)

UK-based Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has partnered with Chinese developer China Merchants Group (CMG) to develop the Shekou Museum in the Shekou district of Shenzhen, China.

UK-based Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has partnered with Chinese developer China Merchants Group (CMG) to develop the Shekou Museum in the Shekou district of Shenzhen, China.

The museum, designed by Tokyo-based architect Fumihiko Maki, will be the first in the country dedicated to design, claims the company.

The new facility aims to showcase the best Chinese designs to international audiences.

"The V&A...brings with it a wealth of expertise on the role of a contemporary design museum, as well as understanding of Chinese culture."

The museum will be developed by China Merchants Property Development, the real estate unit of CMG, and is scheduled to open by the end of 2016.

Under the collaboration deal, Shekou Museum will include a gallery for the V&A to showcase curated displays from its collections, as well as space for major V&A exhibitions.

In return, the V&A will help the Shekou Museum to develop its own collections and provide training to the museum's senior management team. Additionally, a senior curator from the V&A will be positioned as head of the Shekou V&A partnership in China.

CMG vice-president Sun Chengming said that, as part of the redevelopment of the Shekou district of Shenzhen, the company wants to offer local residents an internationally important museum that would help promote the development of China's creative industries and further progress design.

"We can think of no better partner to do this with than the V&A, which brings with it a wealth of expertise on the role of a contemporary design museum, as well as understanding of Chinese culture through their long-standing connections with China," Chengming said.

"We think this collaboration will deliver a truly wonderful new museum."