Gallery Weekend Beijing Now Open to the Public
Featuring over 20 exhibitions with an expanded events program and new award scheme
Beijing – 26 May 2020 – The fourth edition of Gallery Weekend Beijing (GWBJ) is now open, featuring more than 20 exhibitions across Beijing’s 798 Art Zone. GWBJ 2020 marks the first art event in China since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the first gallery weekend to take place internationally. The public program, running from 26 until 31 May, will be accompanied by an extended events program, taking place city-wide and digitally via GWBJ’s new mobile app, its website, and social media channels. To encourage galleries’ efforts to support artists’ work, GWBJ also presented the highly anticipated ‘Best Exhibition Award’, announcing the winners of two new prize categories: the ‘Innovation Prize’ and the ‘Master Prize.’
Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020 brings together 22 leading galleries and institutions across the city for the Main Sector of its program, accompanied by works presented as part of its Up&Coming Sector, dedicated to young Chinese talent, and its Public Sector, a showcase of large-scale sculpture, for a total of 29 physical exhibitions. The Up&Coming Sector, curated by Hanlu Zhang, will continue beyond GWBJ week until 20 June, and the Public Sector, curated by You Yang, Director of UCCA Lab, will remain on view until 20 August.
To further showcase the talent, diversity and resilience of Beijing’s art scene, GWBJ recognized the work of three standout exhibitions through its annual ‘Best Exhibition Award’, announced during the event’s forum and award ceremony on 24 May. The ‘Best Exhibition Award’ has been a major highlight of GWBJ since the award was established in 2018. For the first time ever, GWBJ split the award into two categories to respond to the expansion of the platform and changes to the Chinese contemporary art landscape. Dedicated to encouraging the support of emerging artists, the ‘Innovation Prize’ was awarded to Beijing Commune, who presented a solo exhibition by Ge Yulu, a young Chinese artist from Wuhan, Hubei. With a stronger focus on established artists, the ‘Master Prize’ was unprecedentedly given to two winners: Zhu Yu at Long March Space and Duan Jianwei at Hive Center of Contemporary Art, who were both awarded for the mastery of their craft and unique contributions to contemporary art.
The public opening days of GWBJ aim to engage more members of the public with contemporary art through an enhanced events program, featuring in-person tours and livestreamed events across the 798 Art Zone to explore exhibitions presented by participating galleries and institutions. Releasing, a livestreamed performance by artists Dong Bingqing, Nhozagri, Tong Kunniao and Ye Funa from GWBJ’s Public Sector, will take place through 798 Art Zone from 2-6pm on 31 May. Alongside its Frame Talks series, one organized in collaboration with GWBJ partner Zurich Art Weekend and another with artist Cao Fei, GWBJ has partnered with influential media outlets to organize talks on the impact of contemporary art and female power in art. One of the highlights, titled “How does contemporary art impact of life”, has been organized with Robb Report China. GWBJ has also collaborated with notable influencers on social networks to offer guided tours and encourage wider public engagement with the program.
Additionally, in light of current travel restrictions, GWBJ has increased its digital offer, transitioning many events into the digital realm to allow audiences around the world to access this year’s program. All talks have been recorded and are available to view on GWBJ’s app, website and social media channels. GWBJ recently live-streamed its first ever lecture performances during its VIP Days, which attracted over 20,000 views across various platforms.
“We are extremely excited to see a successful opening of Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020. We have faced numerous challenges in the lead up to this year’s opening, but we are delighted to report great turnout from local audiences as well as strong international engagement through digital channels, whether our first virtual press conference, our new mobile app, social media channels or website. Following the VIP days, several galleries have reported strong interest from collectors, which offers hope and positivity for the art market during an otherwise challenging time. We hope that the revival of Beijing’s art scene can signal positivity for the broader arts community in China and beyond. We look forward to welcoming even more visitors during the public days to further celebrate the strength of art and culture in Beijing,” says Amber Yifei Wang, Director of Gallery Weekend Beijing.
Notes to Editors:
List of Participants
Main Sector Galleries Main Sector Non-Profit Institutions
ASIA ART CENTER M WOODS
Beijing Commune UCCA Center for Contemporary Art
CLC Gallery Venture
Galerie Urs Meile
Hive Center for Contemporary Art
Long March Space
N3 Contemporary Art
Platform China Contemporary Art Institute
Tang Contemporary Art
TOKYO GALLERY + BTAP
Wind H Art Center
About 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 programme, including relevant talks, panel discussions and workshops, and much more, will accompany the week-long event.
About I Do - Chief Sponsor of Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
Originated from wedding vows, I Do symbolises 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 empower the public welfare, and the latter may make good for art conversely.
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