Must-See Art Guide: Beijing

This week's guide includes Liu Wei, Gama, Aniwar Mamet, and more.

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Chen Ke, Plum - Tug of War
Chen Ke, Plum - Tug of War (2013). Courtesy of Red Gate Gallery, 9 Chongwenmen E Street, Dongcheng, Beijing, China.
Olga Rodina, Troyka Union
Olga Rodina, Troyka Union (2013). Courtesy of Star Gallery, C5 Qikeshu Creative Park, No.55 Banjieta Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, and Intelligentsia Gallery.
Guo Haiqiang
Guo Haiqiang. Courtesy of Boers-Li Gallery, 1-706 Hou Jie, 798 Art District, No.2 Yuan, Jiuxianqiao Lu, Beijing, China.
Hu Qingyan, The People
Hu Qingyan, The People (2014). Courtesy of Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne, 104, Caochangdi Cun, Cui Gezhuang Xiang, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.
Liu Wei, Puzzle
Liu Wei, Puzzle (2014). Courtesy of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Beijing, China. Photo by Dora Tang.
Tan Tian, installation view
Tan Tian, installation view. Courtesy of White Space Beijing, No. 255 Caochangdi, Airport Service Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.
Bingyi, Metamorfosis
Bingyi, Metamorfosis (detail) (2013). Courtesy of Ink Studio, Red No. 1-B1, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.
Gama, Manöver (Maneuver)
Gama, Manöver (Maneuver) (2013). Courtesy of Chambers Fine Art, Red No.1-D, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.
Aniwar Mamet, White Wool in Kashgar
Aniwar Mamet, White Wool in Kashgar (2010). Courtesy of Pékin Fine Arts, No. 241, Cao Chang Di Village, Cui Ge Zhuang, Chao Yang District, Beijing, China.
Zhu Yu, Stain No. 1
Zhu Yu, Stain No. 1 (2009). Courtesy of Long March Space, Jiuxianqiao Rd #4 (Factory 798), Beijing, China.

With Asia continuing to build on the momentum of its rapidly expanding art scene, Beijing, China’s capital and second-largest city, delivers a slew of exciting exhibitions heading into April. With hundreds of museums and galleries within the city limits, the task of narrowing down your art itinerary can seem a little daunting. Not to worry, we’ve got all the essentials right here.

Opened in 2007, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art boasts 86,000 square feet of exhibition space, including an auditorium and library. Until April 17, socio-political artist and China’s resident “trickster mixer-upperLiu Wei will have works on display at the center in his largest institutional show to date, focusing on his latest videos, paintings, and architectural cityscapes. For smaller sculptural works, don’t miss Hu Qingyan at Galerie Urs Meile, who has on display, among other things, a series of marble “portraits,” created from plastic bags containing a single breath from the subject depicted.

There are also a number of places to see works on paper, including Pékin Fine Arts, which has on view a series of oil-on-canvas and mixed-media paintings, as well as wool felt tapestries, by Beijing-based abstractionist Aniwar Mamet. At Ink Studio, works by a completely different painter are on display. Bingyi is best known for her large-scale paintings, created over a period of months or years, which take into account the environmental conditions of a specific place. Artist Gama, whose work has roots in shamanism, folklore, and European tradition, is also spotlighted this month in an exhibition at Chambers Fine Art.

Whatever your reason for visiting Beijing, make art part of your travel plans. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Exhibition: Spring
When: March 9–March 31, 2015
Where: Red Gate Gallery, 9 Chongwenmen E Street, Dongcheng, Beijing, China

Exhibition: The Sublime Object
When: March 7–April 4, 2015
Where: Star Gallery, C5 Qikeshu Creative Park, No.55 Banjieta Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

Exhibition: Guo Haiqiang Solo Exhibition: Tempo, Space & Gravity
When: March 7–April 11, 2015
Where: Boers-Li Gallery, 1-706 Hou Jie, 798 Art District, No.2 Yuan, Jiuxianqiao Lu, Beijing, China

Exhibition: Hu Qingyan: Eternal Glory
When: February 7–April 12, 2015
Where: Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne, 104, Caochangdi Cun, Cui Gezhuang Xiang, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

Exhibition: Liu Wei: Colors
When: February 7–April 17, 2015
Where: Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Beijing, China

Exhibition: Jump to Second Solo Show
When: March 7–April 17, 2015
Where: White Space Beijing, No. 255 Caochangdi, Airport Service Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

Exhibition: Auspicious Year of Goat – Chinese Contemporary Group Exhibition
When: March 22–April 22, 2015
Where: Yang Gallery, 3rd Taoci Street, 798 Art District, No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

Exhibition: Bingyi: Intensive/Extensive
When: March 21–April 30, 2015
Where: Ink Studio, Red No. 1-B1, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

Exhibition: Gama: Idylls of Kings
When: March 7–May 3, 2015
Where: Chambers Fine Art, Red No.1-D, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

Exhibition: Aniwar Mamet: Sun, Water, and Wind
When: March 7–May 9, 2015
Where: Pékin Fine Arts, No. 241, Cao Chang Di Village, Cui Ge Zhuang, Chao Yang District, Beijing, China

Exhibition: Zhu Yu: Separation
When: March 7–May 24, 2015
Where: Long March Space, Jiuxianqiao Rd #4 (Factory 798), Beijing, China


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