798 Arts District


Mural by Drawing Architecture Studio, 2017


Pace Beijing, 2008


Faurschou Foundation, 2007


Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Approach Architecture Studio, 2008


Carsten Höller exhibition at Galleria Continua Beijing


798 Space

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

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