Just a few short years ago, Ordos, Inner Mongolia was just empty Gobi desert. Now, it’s been transformed to a true culture destination, largely because of the work of the beautiful Ordos Museum. Designed by Chinese architects, MAD, the Ordos Museum sits amidst the desert like a pioneering, pulsing, life form, its polished metal tiles resisting the frequent sandstorms. On the outside, it’s somehow beautifully regal.
On the inside, a glazed roof draws in light, and smaller, flexible architectural ‘blobs’ of exhibition rooms, that visitors travel between. Exhibiting everything from contemporary art to prehistoric artefacts, the well-rounded displays are absorbing and somehow manage to distract everyone from the beautiful walls surrounding them.
The building acts as a clean respite for passing locals who often stop inside, but also acts as a inspiring respite on the art world’s stage – an uplifting, resilient figure that houses a rich, fertile collection of art in the most arid of lands.
Tuesday – Sunday
9.00 – 17.00