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Beijing Art Guide

China

All Exhibitions In Beijing

Contemporary art exhibition, Martial Raysse, Martial Raysse at HdM GALLERY, Beijing
11 January–7 March 2020 Martial Raysse HdM GALLERY, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Zelehoski, All of This and Nothing at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
4 January–29 February 2020 Michael Zelehoski All of This and Nothing Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Zelehoski, All of This and Nothing at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
4 January–29 February 2020 Michael Zelehoski All of This and Nothing Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Five Monologic Spatial Dialogues at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
4 January–29 February 2020 Group Exhibition Five Monologic Spatial Dialogues Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing 2nd Space
Contemporary art exhibition, Curated by Wu Hung and Holly Roussell, Stars 1979 星星1979 at OCAT Institute, Beijing
20 December 2019–12 April 2020 Curated by Wu Hung and Holly Roussell Stars 1979 星星1979 OCAT Institute, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Winter Group Exhibition at ShanghART, Beijing
27 December 2019–16 February 2020 Group Exhibition Winter Group Exhibition ShanghART, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Yang Xinguang, Above the Soil at Beijing Commune, Beijing
28 November 2019–5 February 2020 Yang Xinguang Above the Soil Beijing Commune
Contemporary art exhibition, Yuan Yuan, Glasswort at Tabula Rasa Gallery, Beijing
23 November 2019–10 January 2020 Yuan Yuan Glasswort Tabula Rasa Gallery, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Tang Maohong, He Wei, Dual Solo Exhibition at ShanghART, Beijing
16 November–22 December 2019 Tang Maohong, He Wei Dual Solo Exhibition ShanghART, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Song Dong And Yin Xiuzhen, The Way of Chopsticks: Coming of Age 筷道:十八歲 at Chambers Fine Art, Beijing
11 November 2019–11 February 2020 Song Dong And Yin Xiuzhen The Way of Chopsticks: Coming of Age 筷道:十八歲 Chambers Fine Art, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Chen Danqing, Step Back 1968 – 2019 at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
2 November–28 December 2019 Chen Danqing Step Back 1968 – 2019 Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing 2nd Space
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, Chen Danqing, Step Back 1968 – 2019 at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
2 November–28 December 2019 Chen Danqing Step Back 1968 – 2019 Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Ma Qiusha, Tales of White Nights at Beijing Commune, Beijing
24 September–9 November 2019 Ma Qiusha Tales of White Nights Beijing Commune
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, Group Exhibition, Nature as Measure at Chambers Fine Art, Beijing
21 September–27 October 2019 Group Exhibition Nature as Measure Chambers Fine Art, 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, 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, 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
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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.

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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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