Just a few minutes ago, the Louvre received the most saddening news. The architect behind the pyramid of
Louvre Museum, the Chinese architecture we just mentioned a few days ago, Mr I.M. Pei, one of the greatest architectural mas
ters in the world, died on May 16. He was 102. You may have gone to heaven, but you and your works will be forever rem
embered by the world,” read the Louvre’s official Sina Weibo account this morning.
“Mr Pei’s outstanding architectural designs made greatly important contributions to t
he history of architecture. As a Chinese-American, Mr. Pei was devoted to promote mutual und
erstanding between China and the US, and to further cultural exchange between the East and the West.
“The embassy building of China’s embassy to the US is an exempla
ry work that merges the East and the West and that manifests the long-term friendship and co
mmon future between the two nations. We recall with sentiments the architectural legacy Mr Pei has left us, and
the influence he has had on the world,” read a statement from the embassy of the US to Chin
incomparable contributions to museums and culture worldwide will leave an indelible legacy. In 1983, he accepted the Pritzker Architecture Prize here at The Met, s
aying: ‘Let us all be attentive to new ideas, to advancing means, to dawning needs, to impetuses of change so that we may ac
hieve, beyond architectural originality, a harmony of spirit in the service of man,” read The Met’s official Twitter account.
“For this Chinese-American growing up in the DC area, the East Win
g of the National Gallery of Art was an extraordinarily special place. A mon
ument ot beauty and to the possibilities of being an immigrant. RIP to a legend,” Twitter user Jia Lynn Yang wrote.
“You cannot talk about architecture in the last 60 years without talking seriously about I.M. Pei,” said Ro
bert AM Stern, a former dean of the Yale University school of architecture. “It’s not a single building. It’s h
is work over a generation of time and his logical and relentless pursuit of the highest degree of excellence.”
Wang Xudong, director of the Palace Museum, says it’s a duty for museums to provide a platfo
rm for scholars to exchange their academic findings, for artists from different cultural back
grounds to show their work and boost mutual respect, and for children to pass traditions into the future.
The latest figures from the National Cultural Heritage Administration show China had 5,354 mu
seums by the end of 2018, and museums across the country held some 26,000 exhibitions in 2018 and
received 1.126 billion people, an increase of 30 percent and 16 percent, respectively.
The International Council of Museums organized the annual Inte
rnational Museum Day in 1977 to address the changing roles of museums.
Museums across the world are reinventing their roles to become more interact
ive, audience focused and active in delivering creativity and knowledge to their communities.
industries develop fast, and new sectors have been emerging, such as unmanned warehousing, facial recognition payments and new online-to-offline groceries.”
Meng also said that a new version of the nationally unified negative list for market access will be rolled out w
ithin the year. Illegal or implicit entry barriers and locally issued negative lists will be canceled, she said.
The Chinese authorities will also establish and refine mechanisms for adjusting the annually released
list when necessary, she said, adding that the list will better cope with the reforms to delegate power, streamline ad
ministration and optimize government services, and will better meet the needs of market entities for broader access.
Wang Yuanhong, deputy head of the Department of Economic Forecas
ting at the State Information Center, said the fast growth of high-tech industries and the
service sector reflects the ongoing upgrading of traditional industries and the optimization of C