Power Station of Art
Updated: 2015-05-20


The Power Station of Art (PSA) will present an exhibition of Yona Friedman, a French architect, urban designer and a legendary figure in architecture field.

Born in 1923, Friedman was famous for his Mobile Architecture theory, which described a new kind of mobility not of buildings, but for the inhabitants. Buildings should touch the ground over a minimum area, be capable of being dismantled and moved and be alterable as required by the individual occupant.

The exhibition is divided into two sections. The first charts the development of Mobile Architecture theory with a series of draft sketches, models and cartoons. The second explores improvisation as a possibility in architecture.

Friedman regards improvisation as a law of nature, with which he first began experimenting in 1970 with his entry for the front of the Centre Georges Pompidou. His idea at the time was a façade-less, or rather infinite façade concept, which allows the museum to change its shape and appearance according to each exhibition. This exhibition is an improvisational live. Led by Friedman, the curatorial team will create a series of structures in the site, such as the "Sky City", "Street Museum", "Simple Science Museum" and "Crazy Grass".


Established on Oct. 1st, 2012, the PSA is the first state-run museum dedicated to contemporary art on the Chinese mainland. It is also home to the Shanghai Biennale.

Standing by Shanghai’s mother river, the Huangpu River, PSA occupies an area of 42,000 square meters. With an internal height of 27 meters, the museum houses exhibition sections that add up to 15,000 sq m, and its 165-meter-tall chimney, being an independent exhibition space, has also become an integral part of Shanghai’s world-famous skyline.

Renovated from the former Nanshi Power Plant, PSA was once the Pavilion of Future during the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The museum has not only witnessed the city’s vast changes from the industry age to the IT era, but also provided a rich source of inspirations for artists with its simple yet straightforward architectural styles.

200 Huayuangang Road, Huangpu District 上海市黄浦区花园港路200号
11 am to 7 pm, Tue to Sun (last entry at 6 pm), open on all national holidays

Metro: Exit 2, South Xizang Road Station (Line 4 and 8). Walk straight to Nanchezhan Road and turn right, and continue to Huayuangang Road (approximately 15 minutes). Alternatively exit the station and walk straight to the South Zhongshan Road / South Xizang Road bus station and take Bus 1212.

Bus: Miaojiang Road/Wangda Road (Power Station of Art) Station, Bus 1212;
South Zhongshan Road /South Chezhan Road Station, Bus 45, 66, 109, 144, 306, 327, 780, 869, Bus 6 Daqiao, then take 10 minutes’ walk.

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