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The China Pavilion -- one of the highlights of the Shanghai 2010 World Expo, has been turned into a permanent museum called "China Art Palace". The newest tourist attraction aims to become China’s answer to New York’s Museum of Modern Art, both with its large space and its esteemed exhibits.
Five exhibitions will embellish the museum’s opening. The center piece is in the Celebrity Hall, where some three hundred sculptures, oil and ink paintings are on display. These are masterpieces by seven well-known contemporary artists including Lin Fengmian and Wu Guanzhong. Eye-catchers include the sculpture "Bombing" by Hua Tianyou, which depicts a scene during the bombing of Nanjing by the Japanese army in World War Two. And a set of portraits by Lin Fengmian created in 1970s, representing the early blending of Chinese painting and western painting. All works are accompanied by introductions in both Chinese and English, for the convenience of both domestic and foreign visitors.