We try not to spend any money on Sundays, so today we went out to the free China Art Museum (which I mistakenly called the Shanghai Art Museum all day) at the world expo center. We had planned on exploring the expo center as well, but it was almost entirely under construction. So we spent almost the whole day at the museum (after we slept in late and had a lazy morning).
We spent a considerable amount of time people watching. As we learned in M50, there is a general lack of respect in China for the arts, and that was very apparent here. People were loud and obnoxious throughout the museum. Kids ran free with toys, people touched works of art, answered their phones, used flash photography, and ignored ropes to get close to various objects to get their pictures taken with them. It was shocking, to say the least.
The exhibits on the elevated floors were ok, but our favorite exhibits were below ground, where the museum continues after you've toured the top.
Here are some of our favorite pieces.