Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Jiu Chang Art Complex

Jiu Chang Art ComplexArt in Beijing

A very newly developed collection of art galleries can be found at Jiu Chang Art Complex on An Wai Bei Yuan Lu, Chao Yang District Beijing.

This area using factory buildings from a recently demolished hutong makes for a fascinating wander among many different galleries displaying photography, pencil sketches, oil paintings and sculpture. New restaurants and coffee shops are also springing up amongst the galleries to make this a delightful addition to visiting many of Beijing’s well known art areas and galleries. You are far more likely to pick up an affordable piece of quality work in this area.

Visit the Shi Tang Art Complex or International Art Garden displayed at Segmentspace.com (C 9001) galleries currently exhibiting photography by Keary Liu and Zhang Zhaoming respectively. Keary presents an excellent range of photos from around Beijing and China. Zhang exhibits a unique style of work combining wedding photography and Beijing cityscapes, including the National Stadiums as his backdrops. Zhang’s work is titled One World, One Dream and provides a fascinating insight into views of China and its place in the world.

Qiu Jie presents an interesting collection of enormous pencil drawings depicting elements from his new home in Switzerland and his original home in China. His work portrays elegance and humour and sadness. Many of his drawings even feature a surprising portrait of Mao. Look for Arario Beijing Space 2 Gallery.

Oil paintings can be found at Idea Zone and C1005 – 2 Room Gallery where a range of art is on display from a number of different artists. C1005 – 2 Room features the work of Gelong. Gelong also presents a range of ink pen drawings in his exhibition.

Jiu Chang Art ComplexFor something totally different from the above wander on down to PYO Gallery Beijing at the back of the art gallery complex, just by the large red ‘lego’ David sculpture. See beijing.pyogallery.com or visit pulpo.cn to view to view information about He Long the current exhibiter in this gallery. PYO Gallery is also currently exhibiting work by Li Dai Yun titled Polyscope. Both of these exhibits run until 1st June 2008.

The galleries described here are only an introduction to the many galleries opening up in this new art area for visitors to enjoy.

Keep your eyes open for some rather interesting outdoor sculpture displays as you wander from gallery to gallery. Look up, look down, look all around to discover some of the not so obvious pieces of interest.

Jiu Chang Art Complex
Bei Hu Qu Lu
An Wai Bei Yuan Lu
Chao Yang District
Beijing

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