Gallery Weekend Beijing Successfully Wraps up Second Edition
Over 2000 Global and Regional Visitors Experienced 2018 Programme Celebrating the Beijing Contemporary Art Ecology
Gallery Weekend Beijing (GWBJ) celebrated another successful edition welcoming global visitors and over 2000 VIPs from around the world between 23 – 30 March, 2018 highlighting contemporary art in China. With a newer and wider programme of events and activities, the art districts of 798 and Caochangdi presented 22 participants, more than 60 artists and 400 works, new collaborations with international cultural partners and a fresh focus on technology and art to the large and interested audiences.
Enhancing the rich artistic ecosystem of the galleries, museums, non-profit and cultural institutions in Beijing, the region and world, GWBJ's second edition presented local and visiting enthusiasts a new programme which featured the Public Art Projects organized by independent curator Jo Wei and a VIP forum of talks that introduced the event's mission and vision. In addition, this year GWBJ examined methods in which artists in China utilize technology and the influence it has in the creation, discovery and sharing of work. Parts of the programme used digital platforms to promote the cultural and creative happenings over the weekend presenting efficient avenues for global access via online channels.
"The past weekend has been an incredible gathering of galleries, institutions and partners from Beijing and around the world to celebrate the rich diversity of the city's art scene. We are grateful to be able to share local and international artists, artwork and institutions with the public through this programme that will continue to expand with the next edition," says Amber Wang, Director of Gallery Weekend Beijing. "From major public art installations to investigating art and technology, GWBJ is dedicated to showcasing the most exciting aspects of the art scene here with visitors, residents, art world peers and international collectors in new and innovative ways."
Visitors were encouraged to explore the exhibitions and works on view throughout the two art districts as well as 798's own collection of public art installed in precise locations for community interaction and enjoyment. This year's 'Best Gallery Exhibition Award' was presented to Gallery Yang for Zhang Yue's solo exhibition If I Could and ongoing until May 13, along with the other exhibitions and programming within the districts.
"UCCA was pleased to support this year's edition of Gallery Weekend Beijing, reinforcing our city's place on the global contemporary art map and welcoming visitors from around the city and the world. We are excited to see more people discover, through GWBJ, Beijing's unique combination of artists, galleries, institutions, and collections," said Philip Tinari, Director of UCCA based in District 798. Dates for the 2019 edition of Gallery Weekend Beijing will be announced soon.
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