Guangzhou Times Property Charity Foundation (later referred to as Times Charity Foundation), registered at Guangdong Department of Civil Affairs, is one of the earliest corporate charity institutions supported by property developers in China. Formerly known as Times Development Fund, this institution was launched by SHUM CHIU HUNG, the COD and CEO of Times Property in 2003. The foundation has been renamed twice since 2003, and now the name is Guangzhou Times Property Charity Foundation.
Times Charity Foundation follows the objectives of Sincerity, Kindness, Virtue and Joy, and it promotes and practices the civic and social responsibility of an enterprise. Advocating the value of Practicing and Receiving Love, Times Charity Foundation also innovates the public service practice by combining donations with cultural promotions. Through its practices, Times Charity Foundation dedicates itself to reconstructing lives, and to remodeling civilizations. It also spreads its image as, More Beautiful with Love, within the society.
Until now, Times Charity Foundation has built 1 comprehensive welfare building, 2 comprehensive hospitals, 13 Hope Schools. It has organized almost 800 voluntary activities, helped more than 3,000 cataract patients to recover their vision through free surgeries, Meanwhile, Times Charity Foundation has assisted 30,000 students with financial difficulties to finish school. Based on Times Museum, Times Charity Foundation assists in the construction of urban civilization by promoting local cultural and art activities. In total, Times Charity Foundation has donated amost RMB400,000,000 yuan.
In the future, Times Charity Foundation will persistently follow its objectives, continue to spread the idea of love, unremittingly work for the development of public service and charity, and aim to be the highest standard in civic services among enterprises.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