Art | Dashanzi Precinct | Factory 798 | UCCA

Located between the East Fourth and East Fifth Ring Roads in Chaoyang District, the Dazhanzi Art precinct has provided a home for contemporary Chinese art and artists since the late 90’s. Formerly a network of industrial buildings and factories dating back to the 1950’s (Factory 798), today the precinct has been largely pedestrianized and has become one of Beijing more unique destinations. There are numerous galleries ranging in size and caliber however the gallery with substantial international credibility is the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art.

http://www.ucca.org.cn/.

I have not included images of UCCA in this post as currently they are installing new exhibitions – standby for an update. I was at the UCCA a few weeks back to see the pieces that will be sold at auction by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong: The Ullens Collection – The Nascence Of Avant Garde China.

http://www.sothebys.com/minisite/pdf/HK0373/flash.html

So with the bar set so high by UCCA, many of the other galleries are by comparison rather ordinary. That said – the environment is truly unique and is busy with visitors throughout the week and crowded at the weekend.

Update April 5th, 2011: Ullens sells US$54,800,000 worth of the collection at auction.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/05/us-sothebys-china-art-idUSTRE73223Z20110405