Beijing’s Grass Frontier

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts · April 1, 2017

Exploring Beijing’s rising arts hub.

Caochangdi—which means “grasslands” — is a fertile breeding ground for modern artists. Compared with the more commercialized 798 Art Zone, the neighborhood is an epicenter of creativity, having attracted key galleries and studios with its low rents and “purer” artistic atmosphere.

It is essentially an unassuming village, inhabited by illustrious artists and rural migrants, the latter more concerned with making ends meet than deconstructing Dadaism. Its dichotomous setting is what lends the district its edge and distinct character.

Beijing’s Grass Frontier

Pekin Fine Arts Gallery

Much of Chinese contemporary art is an amalgamation of age-old techniques with modern-day themes. Artist Chen Shaoxiong, who held a solo show at Caochangdi’s Pekin Fine Arts gallery, created traditional Chinese ink paintings out of anti-war photographs that he found online, in a bid to humanize and elicit empathy for peace movements.

Beijing’s Grass Frontier

Pekin Fine Arts Gallery

Future superstars of modern art are given a platform at Pekin Fine Arts, a breeding ground for up-and-coming Asia artists.

Beijing’s Grass Frontier

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre

The Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is the first contemporary art space dedicated to photography and video art in China.

Beijing’s Grass Frontier

Red Brick Galleries

The Red Brick Galleries’ industrial brick-and-concrete structures provide the perfect neutral backdrop for their star attractions—avant-garde works of modern art.

 

Details

Pekin Fine Arts Gallery: 241 Caochangdi; +86 10 -5127-3220

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre: 155A Caochangdi; + 86 10-6432-2663

The Red Brick Gallery complex: Red Brick Area, Caochangdi

 

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Written By: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

4.1.17

Locations: Beijing

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