scoop on Beijing's most famous gallery district
The main stop on any art tour of Beijing is still the 798 Space in
Dashanzi, though the area has been severely gentrified in recent
years as institutions, corporate spaces move in, and smaller
galleries – including artists and their studios – move out. That
means you have to be choosier about where to go, as the area hosts
everything from world-class galleries to small boutiques trying to
make a fast buck.
The first stop for both art mavens and newcomers to Dashanzi has to
be the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art. Founded by Baron Guy
Ullens and his wife Myriam, it features a huge collection of Chinese
contemporary art and a team of young and dynamic curators. Other
important galleries include Galleria Continua, White Space and Long
March. No visit to Dashanzi is complete without a stop at the
Timezone 8 Bookstore and Restaurant (just across from Ullens).
Photo Gallery is the first art gallery dedicated to photography in
China, established in April 2003. Its unique design is based on the
original structure of the Bauhaus styled factory aided by East
Germany. The gallery aims to discover and collect fine photography
works, and provides a platform for cultural and commercial exchange
in order to help photographers.
Photo Gallery is also the best place in Beijing to find a wide
selection of ethnographic and artistic photographic editions. There
are Monthly rotating shows of Chinese and international
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