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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Beijing

China

All Exhibitions In Beijing

Contemporary art exhibition, Luo Mingjun, I Walk Beside You 我从你身边走过 at AYE Gallery, Beijing
22 September–22 November 2019 Luo Mingjun I Walk Beside You 我从你身边走过 AYE Gallery, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Xu Xiaoguo, Recent Work 近作 at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
7 September–25 October 2019 Xu Xiaoguo Recent Work 近作 Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing 2nd Space
Contemporary art exhibition, Peng Wei, Old Tales Retold 故事新编 at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
7 September–25 October 2019 Peng Wei Old Tales Retold 故事新编 Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Yan Bing, At First the Weather Was Fine 起初天气很好 at ShanghART, Beijing
4 September–10 November 2019 Yan Bing At First the Weather Was Fine 起初天气很好 ShanghART, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Ju Ting, Scales at Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
31 August–20 October 2019 Ju Ting Scales Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Tobias Kaspar, Horn of Plenty at Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
2 November 2019–5 January 2020 Tobias Kaspar Horn of Plenty Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Pixy Liao, Experimental Pop-up! at Chambers Fine Art, Beijing
7–14 September 2019 Pixy Liao Experimental Pop-up! Chambers Fine Art, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, You Jin, Zhang Yingnan, Motional and Motionless 动静之间 at AYE Gallery, Beijing
21 July–10 September 2019 You Jin, Zhang Yingnan Motional and Motionless 动静之间 AYE Gallery, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Huang Yishan, Solo Exhibition at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
20 July–28 August 2019 Huang Yishan Solo Exhibition Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing 2nd Space
Contemporary art exhibition, Qin Ga, Qin Ga at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
13 July–28 August 2019 Qin Ga Qin Ga Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Song Hongquan, Underground 地下 at Chambers Fine Art, Beijing
22 June–12 August 2019 Song Hongquan Underground 地下 Chambers Fine Art, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Alicia Torres, Dis-Painting 非绘画 at AYE Gallery, Beijing
26 May–7 July 2019 Alicia Torres Dis-Painting 非绘画 AYE Gallery, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Tobias Rehberger, Blind and a little less at Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
25 May–11 August 2019 Tobias Rehberger Blind and a little less Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Jiang Pengyi, Foresight 预见 at ShanghART, Beijing
18 May–6 July 2019 Jiang Pengyi Foresight 预见 ShanghART, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Hu Wei, Formless Thingness 物虚•象浑 at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
11 May–29 June 2019 Hu Wei Formless Thingness 物虚•象浑 Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Angelus Novus at AYE Gallery, Beijing
26–31 March 2019 Group exhibition Angelus Novus AYE Gallery, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Wang Xingwei, Shenyang Night 沈阳之夜 at Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
21 March–31 May 2019 Wang Xingwei Shenyang Night 沈阳之夜 Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Wang Xingwei, The Code of Physiognomy 面相之谜 at Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
21 March–12 May 2019 Wang Xingwei The Code of Physiognomy 面相之谜 Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Tuttle, Double Corners and Colored Wood at Pace Gallery, Beijing
16 March–27 April 2019 Richard Tuttle Double Corners and Colored Wood Pace Gallery, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Chi Qun, Rhythm—Chi Qun New Works 律—迟群新作展 at AYE Gallery, Beijing
10 March–10 May 2019 Chi Qun Rhythm—Chi Qun New Works 律—迟群新作展 AYE Gallery, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Zhao Yang, Roma Is a Lake 罗马是个湖 at ShanghART, Beijing
9 March–28 April 2019 Zhao Yang Roma Is a Lake 罗马是个湖 ShanghART, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Chen Yujun, Chen Yujun at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
9 March–28 April 2019 Chen Yujun Chen Yujun Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, The Abode of Anamnesis 记忆寓所 at OCAT Institute, Beijing
8 March–9 June 2019 Group exhibition The Abode of Anamnesis 记忆寓所 OCAT Institute, Beijing
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About Beijing

Contemporary art sprung up in many cities after China's reform and opening in 1979, but Beijing quickly emerged as the most dynamic. Pioneering exhibitions by artists and collectives such as the Stars Art Group helped establish the city's reputation for an energetic art scene that drew in artists from around the country and then collectors from abroad. Now, with the art market thriving in Shanghai, Beijing is no longer the uncontested home of Mainland Chinese contemporary art, but its galleries and museums continue to put on some of the best exhibitions in the country.

The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) has long anchored Beijing's art scene with important retrospectives and surveys, such as Bao Dong and Sun Dongdong's ON / OFF (2013), an authoritative overview of Chinese artists born after 1975. After the museum's original owners withdrew funding, the UCCA's future looked doubtful, but director Philip Tinari cobbled together financing to ensure it endures at the heart of the 798 Art District in the northeast of the capital.

Many of Beijing's leading galleries can also be found in 798, including Beijing Commune, Boers Li, Galerie Urs Meile, Long March Space, Magician Space, Tabula Rasa Gallery, PIFO Gallery, the Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Platform China, and Tang Contemporary Art. There are also a number of important and engaging art spaces, including private institutions M WOODS and the Faurschou Foundation.

Many more of the top galleries are located just a short drive further northeast in Caochangdi, and while some have been evicted by the state, Chambers Fine Art, INK Studio, White Space Beijing, and ShanghART Beijing still remain for the moment. The 20,000-square-metre Red Brick Art Museum—founded by Yan Shijie and Cao Mei in 2014—is also located in the northeast of the city.

Between them, 798 and Caochangdi host Gallery Weekend Beijing each March, prior to Art Basel in Hong Kong. In 2019, the Beijing Art Summit was inaugurated to supplement galleries' exhibitions with a talks programme hosted by UCCA.

Other key galleries and institutions that warrant a special trip are largely to be found in the east of the city, including Aye Gallery in Dongcheng District and the China Academy of Fine Art (CAFA) Art Museum, the Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Vitamin Creative Space, Song Art Museum and OCAT Institute. Out west, another noteworthy nonprofit is Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum.

Among the most intriguing independent art spaces are The Bunker, which is both literally and figuratively underground, hutong storefront Arrow Factory and DRC No. 12, a scrappy little art space in a former Diplomatic Residential Compound, all of which are in Chaoyang District.

While Beijing has struggled to build an art fair to rival the likes of Art Basel in Hong Kong, JINGART—established by the co-founders of Shanghai's ART021—is starting to get some buzz after its inaugural year in 2018, filling out the calendar alongside Beijing Contemporary and Art Beijing.

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