29 NOVEMBER, 2019 - Gallery Weekend Beijing (GWBJ) is proud to announce its fourth edition, which will be held from 13-20 March, 2020 at various venues in five of Beijing’s åmajor art communities: 798 Art Zone, Caochangdi Art District, Tianzhu Town in Shunyi District, Huajiadi and Longfu Temple. As one of the region’s most important contemporary art events, GWBJ is a culturally cohesive platform that seeks to share cutting-edge contemporary art in China’s capital city, putting the spotlight on pioneering work of local and international galleries as well as non-profit insititutions, through a series of exhibitions, academic forums, social events and public programs.
Known for its bold avant-garde history, Beijing is the intellectual centre and thriving heart of China’s art scene, nurturing the country’s creative talent as the home of an increasing number of galleries, museums and non-profit art institutions. In celebration of the traditions and growth of the Beijing contemporary art scene, GWBJ brings galleries and institutions together to present the most striking exhibitions of the year to local and international audiences.
The Main Sector will welcome 23 galleries and 6 non-profit institutions from Beijing, and the Visiting Sector, presented for the second time at GWBJ, will offer mid-sized galleries the opportunity to introduce their vision to audiences. Also returning is GWBJ’s collaboration with Zurich Art Weekend (ZAW). As part of the Visiting Sector program, this exclusive partnership allows the two cities to strengthen their cultural exchange once again through the sharing of insights, experience and knowledge, widely supported by artists, collectors, and the creative leaders of the two locales. “I endorse the multi-faceted collaboration between the two young art platforms in Beijing and Zurich. A continuous cultural exchange is in my opinion paramount for further developing the cultural scene of world class cities, which Beijing and Zurich aspire to be for contemporary art,” comments Uli Sigg, patron of the arts and ambassador of the GWBJ and ZAW collaboration.
GWBJ is also excited to announce two celebrated young curators for its signature programs, the Public Sector and the Up&Coming Sector. The mission of the Public Sector is to elicit thinking about the presentation and interpretation of art, creating a bridge between art and the public that promotes an organic engagement, in order to enrich the artwork’s cultural contribution and relevance to daily life. You Yang, Deputy Director of UCCA and Director of the UCCA Lab, will be the guest curator of the Public Sector, presenting Form | Impression, which will invite audiences to explore the machinations, concepts and materialisation of art. For the Up&Coming Sector, emerging art writer and curator Hanlu Zhang will curate a group exhibition by young Chinese artists that explores the manifold paths to knowledge production and contemporary values, the re-interpreted relationship between art and spirituality, and the power of enchantment and the unknown in the digital age. Meantime, Artforum and GWBJ will jointly curate program of talks during the week.
“Beijing boasts numerous important galleries and institutions that continuously and substantially contribute to the development of contemporary art in China. We hope to showcase their diverse visions and enable critical dialogues with local and international art practitioners, while reaffirming the place of contemporary Chinese art on the global art stage. GWBJ is proud to strengthen and nurture the meaningful partnerships we have built with our valued participants, collaborators, collectors and visitors in the upcoming 2020 edition,” says Amber Yifei Wang, Director of Gallery Weekend Beijing.
In addition to the curated programs, GWBJ is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with I Do, a leading jewellery brand in China as the Chief Sponsor of GWBJ 2020. This innovative collaboration between the two parties will present the I Do Charity Art program with a concurrent exhibition. Mr. Li Houlin, the Founder and the President of HIERSUN, the Founder of I Do brand and I Do Foundation, says: "Public welfare art is a relatively new concept. It not only means using the form of art to make charitable dreams and projects. It also means a new concept of protecting love and blessing a better life with art. ”
Further program details will be announced in January 2020. For more details, please visit the website: http://www.gallery-weekend-beijing.com/
Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
CLC Gallery Venture
Galerie Urs Meile
Hive Center for Contemporary Art
Long March Space
N3 Contemporary Art
Tabula Rasa Gallery
Tang Contemporary Art
WHITE SPACE BEIJING
6 Non-Profit Institutions
CAFA Art Museum
Song Art Museum
UCCA Center for Contemporary Art
I Do Charity Art Program
I Do Foundation & I Do Art Gallery
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Notes to Editors:
Gallery Weekend Beijing
Gallery Weekend Beijing is a culturally cohesive platform - initiated and managed by art market professionals - that seeks to bundle and share cutting-edge contemporary art in Beijing. During GWBJ, galleries and institutions work closely alongside each other to present the most striking exhibitions of the year to a national and international audience. On a global level where boundaries increasingly blur into new fields of opportunities, this exciting venture seeks to eliminate creative limits and to connect Beijing’s artistic potential to the global contemporary art hubs. An attractive framework program, including relevant talks, panel discussions and workshops, and much more, will accompany the week-long event.
Chief Sponsor of Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020: I Do
Originated from wedding vows, I Do symbolizes the utmost respect and commitment to love. Once the oath is made and the rings are exchanged, the couple is forever bound together in the name of love. Founded in 2006, I Do, with its appealing brand name and products designed specifically for love and marriage, soon became the one of the most favored brands in China. Today, I Do has over 700 stores, located in over 230 cities in China, witnessing the marriage of millions of happy couples. At the same time, in the field of public welfare, Mr. Li Houlin, the founder of I Do, founded the I Do Foundation in 2008. In recent years, adhering to the concept of ‘For love, I Do’, the foundation has further expanded the artistic dream plan, with the theme ‘Lighting up dreams with art’, and has continued to offer artist supportive education for special children in Tibet and hold public welfare exhibitions. So that art may empowers the public welfare, and the latter may makes good for art conversely.