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Beijing's Art Scene

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The city's Art District is known for both avant-garde oddities and boldly direct political and social commentary. Stroll through this warren of contemporary art studios, shops, and cafés. The hive of creativity will provide you with a hundred different windows into the hearts and minds of today's Chinese people.
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Chaoyang, Beijing, China, 100000
The UCCA is home to a number of spaces dedicated to contemporary art exhibitions. It's pretty amazing entering a Bauhaus-inspired architectural space filled with pop culture icons, printed on hundreds of lamps—quite a feast for the eyes! In the...
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Yong An Tang ( Cao Chang Di Cun ), Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096
Venture beyond the rampant commercialization of 798 Art District, and head to Caochangdi. It's only a 10-min taxi ride from 798, and the galleries you'll find here are architectural beauties to admire themselves. A handful of galleries curate...
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2 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China
How a complex of German-built factories became one of East Asia’s hottest art destinations is also the story of modern China. When construction on a number of electronics factories began in Dashanzi in 1956, the area was farmland. Joint...
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Building 1 No 11 Sanlitun Road Chaoyang, Sanlitun Road, 北京市 China, 100027
One of the best places to get quarterly curated exhibitions of contemporary Chinese artists, located smacked in the city in Sanlitun District. One of my favourite shows to date is Wang Shugang's rendition of Franciscan monks - don't they look like...
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1 Wusi St, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100010
With 5 floors, 17 exhibition halls and more than 100,000 pieces of art, China's National Art Museum has a scale befitting the country. The museum's collection is eclectic, ranging from classical calligraphy to works by Picasso. Exhibitions tend to...