Sunday, December 16, 2007

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Beijing

85 New Wave contemporary art exhibition Ullens Contemporary Beijing
I guess we're all going to start to think of Beijing and China more and more as a travel destination. I haven't been there yet myself, but those who have all come back with pretty much the same impressions: the "Wow!" it's amazing, and the "Oh my God, the pollutionNonetheless, China moves ahead and brings with it a burgeoning art scene. The latest addition is the "Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. (Click the "EN" link for English). The art museum is housed in a Bauhaus-style former factory in what is described as the "culturally hot 798 District" in north-eastern Beijing.

The museum, founded by Belgian art collectors Guy and Myriam Ullens has 1,500 works by contemporary Chinese artists.

One of the exhibitions anchoring the opening is ’85 New Wave, "an exhibition that takes a step back from the commercial fray to examine a unique episode of art history when China began reinventing its own culture."

Open from 10am to 5pm Tuesdays to Sundays. At current exchange rates, the entry price is approximately $4.

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