GWBJ – Gallery Weekend Beijing
Press conference: 17 March 2017 | 11 am
Collector’s Day | 17 March 2017
Gallery Day | 18 March 2017
Museum Day | 19 March 2017
“Forget what you think you know about Beijing.”
Karen Smith, curator
Explore contemporary work in curated art spaces at Gallery Weekend Beijing
He Xiangyu, 131 Lemons, Acrylic on canvas, 300x300x5cm, 2016, courtesy the artist and
White Space Beijing
17 March 2017 – Collector’s Day
Participating galleries open their doors to invited Gallery Weekend Beijing guests.
11 am Press conference to inaugurate GWBJ
8 – 11 pm Gala dinner and awards ceremony
18 March – Gallery Day
10 am to 8 pm Participating Beijing galleries are open to the public
19 March – Museum Day
Dedicated to exploring art institutions and museums in Beijing, a select group of Beijing
museums have invited Gallery Weekend Beijing guests to tour
their exhibitions and collections.
10:30 and 2 pm Bilingual tours of the exhibition at Taikang Space
1:30 pm Bilingual tours of the museum with Lin Han and Wanwan Lei at M Woods (RSVP only)
2:30 pm Bilingual tour of the exhibition with curators at UCCA
4 to 6 pm Reception at Sishang Art Museum
GWBJ -Gallery Weekend Beijing
The first ever Gallery Weekend Beijing (GWBJ) is set to take place from 17 to 19 March 2017 and offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore the work of Beijing-based artists through the lens of exhibitions presented by 18 participating galleries and art institutions.
The three-day contemporary art event introduces emerging and established artists in China to an international audience of collectors, museum curators, art professionals and art lovers, while shining a light on the fact that art is often best experienced in a thoughtfully curated gallery exhibition.
“Beijing has some of the best galleries China has to offer and the aim of GWBJ is to pro- vide a platform to enhance the visibility of their work and to support the gallery format,” notes Thomas Eller, CEO of Gallery Weekend Beijing. “I feel very honoured to work with these Beijing galleries and museums and we hope the event will become a must-visit destination on the global art world itinerary.”
The contemporary art scene in China has been growing in stature – and nowhere is this more apparent than in Beijing, which features two artistic communities in the north of the city. 798 Art Zone and Caochangdi are both art districts that showcase the contemporary art, architecture and culture of Beijing’s distinct and unique art scene. It is a city of tremendous change, where artists are developing their own inimitable visions of what it means to be contemporary, testing their limits and pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable.
Gallery Weekend Beijing explores artistic practices that range from installation works by artists from the post-internet generation to abstraction in oil paintings; from performance art to ink and wash; from analog photography to new media art. In curated gallery and mu- seum exhibitions, the work of over 60 artists, including Qiu Anxiong, Asian Dope Boys, Cao Yu, He Xiangy,, Cheng Ran Sui Jianguo, Tan Ping, Cao Fei, Ai Weiwei,Anri Salaa and Simon Fujiwara will be featured.
Best Gallery Exhibition Award
The Best Gallery Exhibition Award is intended to emphasize the importance of the exhibi- tion in the artistic process and offer an interesting point of departure for discussion and debate about what constitutes a strong gallery exhibition. The jury for the 2017 Best Gallery Exhibition Award includes notable contemporary art curators, Yung Ma (China); Carol Lu (China); Karen Smith (UK); Phil Tinari(USA); and Tang Xin (China). The award will be presented on 17 March at the gala dinner for invited VIP guests, including international collectors, artists, museum directors, curators, gallerists, journalists and art lovers.
What is a gallery weekend?
The first Gallery Weekend was held in Berlin in 2004 with the goal of attracting international collectors by creating a more intimate alternative to the art fair. Gallery Weekend Berlin has grown to become a leading German art event for contemporary art, featuring 54 participating galleries and welcoming an estimated 25,000 visitors from all over the world in 2016.
At the heart of Gallery Weekend Beijing is the idea that art is often best experienced in a curated space. In the more relaxed atmosphere of a gallery, collectors and art lovers can explore and experience art in rewarding and meaningful ways that provide a more intimate environment for in-depth conversations about and with the artists. Gallery-based events highlight the reciprocal relationship between galleries, collectors and artists that supports the sustained long-term development of artists and collections. GWBJ shines a light on the important work Beijing galleries do to develop their artists’ careers.
The 14 galleries taking part are Boers-Li Gallery, Galleria Continua, Tang Contemporary Art, Long March Space, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, White Space, Galerie Urs Meile, Magician Space, INK Studio, Pace Beijing, PIFO Gallery, Shangh-ART Gallery, Gallery Yang and Platform China, while participating art institutions include M WOODS, Sishang Art Museum, Taikang Space, and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art.
2F, E02-2, 798 Art District, No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100015
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