798 Arts District
Beijing, China | Various | 1957, 1995 –
Located northeast of central Beijing, the 798 Arts District is a former military complex turned contemporary arts and culture hub. Since its inception in the mid-1990s, 798 Arts District has attracted top galleries such as Pace, IAC, UCCA, and Faurschou Foundation to showcase both Chinese and international artists. Many of the existing Bauhaus-style factory buildings have transformed into art galleries with their large open plans, tall ceilings and indirect light from the curved sawtooth roofs.
798 Arts District has become a popular destination for young people and families. Beyond the traditional white box galleries, the district hosts dozens of exterior site specific installations, sculptures and murals that have become the backdrop for art selfies – a lot of selfies – and wedding photography. Does a contemporary art museum or destination have to be Instagrammable to be successful?
Visited: June 3, 2018