Guangzhou Times Property Charity Foundation (laterreferred to as Times Charity Foundation), registered with the GuangdongDepartment of Civil Affairs in 2007, is one of China's first corporate charityinstitutions to be supported by a property-development organization. Formerlyknown as Times Development Fund, it was launched in 2003 by Mr. Shum Chiu Hung,the COD and CEO of Times Property. In 2012 it was renamed as the GuangzhouTimes Property Charity Foundation.
The Times Charity Foundation pursuesthe objectives of sincerity, kindness, virtue and joy. Accordingly, it embodiesthe civic and social responsibility of an enterprise. Moreover, by advocatingthe value of "practicing and receiving love" through acts of charity,the Foundation also innovates in public service by combining donations withcultural promotions. Through such practices, Times Charity Foundation isdevoted to the rebuilding of lives and the remodeling of civilization. Itconveys its public image--"More Beautiful with Love"--to all insociety.
Times Charity Foundation has, as ofthis writing, built one special-education and rehabilitation building for achildren's welfare institute, two comprehensive hospitals and 13"Hope" schools. It has organized nearly 300 voluntary activities andhelped more than 3,000 cataract patients to recover their vision through freesurgeries. Meanwhile, the Foundation has assisted 30,000 students withfinancial difficulties so that they could finish school. With support from theTimes Museum, Times Charity Foundation assists in the construction of urban civilizationby promoting local cultural and artistic activities. To date, Times CharityFoundation has donated more than RMB 300,000,000 to needy recipients.
The Times Charity Foundation willmove forward in the fulfillment of its objectives, continue to spread thevirtue of love, persevere in the development of public service and charity, andstrive to uphold the highest standard of ethics as a corporate citizen andsocial enterprise.Timesfoundation website
"The Times Branch of the Guangdong Museum ofArt," founded by Times Property in cooperation with Guangdong Museum ofArt, opened its doors to the public at a temporary venue of Deconstruction(Guangzhou) Community on September 29, 2003. In the 2005 Second GuangzhouTriennial "D-Lab" project, the design firms of Rem Koolhaas and AlanFouraux were invited by the curator, Mr. Hou Hanru, to create a permanentbuilding for the gallery, which was ultimately completed in September 2010.
Times Property terminated its partnership withGuangdong Museum of Art in 2010 and formally established the Guangdong TimesMuseum. Registered as a nonprofit organization (private nonprofit organization)with Guangdong Bureau of Civil Organization Administration in October 2010,Guangdong Times Museum was opened to the public on December 31, 2010.
Throughout the process of conceptualization, designand completion, the museum has reflected the unique social, economic andcultural environment of the Pearl River Delta. It's a special case in theurbanization process of South China.
The museum is architecturally designed in a verydistinctive style. Its different functional spaces are located on differentfloors of a typical residential building and connected through a piece ofindependent transport equipment. Its embedded structure is elaborately designedto directly interconnect art and life with the living space.
The entrance on the first floor of Guangdong TimesMuseum faces North Huangbian Road; an independent project space is provided forthe public for free; behind the reception desk are a café and an art gift shop;within the lobby is a public project space where various public activities canbe held. The office area on the fourteenth floor is converted from threeresidential units. The museum's designated elevator goes straight through theresidential building to the exhibition hall on the nineteenth floor. From theterrace and two glass pavilions one can overlook the city landscape of northernGuangzhou. The top of the residential community simply becomes a part of themuseum's visual elements. The basement is used for storing the museum's devicesand archives.Times Museum website