Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Beijing Art District

RYALE_Beijing_798_District_4
China is really up and coming on the art scene and it is definitely worth a day of your time to check out the art districts in Shanghai and Beijing. Unfortunately I was too sick in Shanghai, but I got to devote an entire day to the 798 Art Zone in Beijing. The area is comprised of decommissioned military factories giving the area a unique vibe. The galleries and stores and restaurants that have popped up around them are comparable to the art scene in the Village in New York, Silver Lake in Los Angeles, or the Left Bank in Paris. I took a cab out there (and actually had no trouble finding one to agree to take me back on the meter) and was dropped off by the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA). This is right in the center of the area and from there you can get your bearings. The UCCA has interesting temporary exhibits and is worth a walk through. The gallery is quirky and well laid out. I particularly liked the hand written placards for the photo show going on while I was there. The store inside the building has cutting edge designs and fashions from all around the world.
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_11
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_13
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_14
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_15
Nearby is the bookstore Timezone 8 which is split into two rooms: one for Chinese art and one for Western art. The store is amazing and I could have spent all day pursuing their selection. This is also a good place to pick up a map of the area with information about all the galleries and exhibits.
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_20
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_16
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_19
There is the Pace Gallery, which is worth a visit and is interesting to compare to the famous New York branch. I would also suggest visiting the 798 Photo Gallery, which was the first gallery dedicated solely to photography in China.
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_31
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_40
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_41
Around the area are many little shops selling quirky objects and interesting fashions. There are also many restaurants both Chinese and Western to grab a bite to eat. I would suggest just spending the day wandering in and out of the shops and galleries and enjoying the area itself, which is full of interesting outdoor sculptures and graffiti art.
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_23
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_5
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_6
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_7
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_24
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_25
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_27
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_37
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_28
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_34
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_38
RYALE_Beijing_798_District_42

0 comments:

Post a Comment

 
Pin It button on image hover