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  • The Public Sector will showcase outdoor projects, such as larger scale sculptures and installations and introduce the public to the notion of public art. With art being increasingly connected to market value and collectors worth, the meaning of art for the public to see and appreciate will be newly negotiated by selecting art works that establish a dialog with their immediate surrounding.


    Hou ZichaoFountain Park 

    博而励画廊

    Boers-Li Gallery

    This work is inspired by the artificial landscape in gardens. The scenery in the garden imitates nature but intentionally mitigates potential dangers in real nature through different forms of modification. In the garden, various safety measures also make the imitation of nature more unnatural. The modularity of the artifacts and the diversity of nature is deliberately intertwined in the artificial landscape, and only imagination could fill the rupture between the artificial and the real. 

    Hou Zichao (b.1988) obtained his B.F.A. degree from Central Saint Martin College of Art and Design in 2012, and completed his M.F.A degree from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2013. With a multi-media approach, his artistic media range from painting to installation. Hou’s works focus on the conflicts between human beings and nature in contemporary cultural context, utilizing diverse visual languages to emphasize the distance between artificial landscape and nature, as well as the rupture between constructed scenery and real life. Hou Zichao now works and lives in Beijing. 

    798 ART ZONE Creative Square


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    Franco Mazzucchelli, Uncertain 4

    Magician Space

    For Gallery Weekend Beijing 2019, Franco Mazzucchelli (b. 1939, Milan) presents a new site specific inflatable sculpture. 

    Since the early sixties, Mazzucchelli has been experimenting with synthetic materials, creating the giant inflatable sculptures that he subsequently abandoned in the public spaces of cities and in outdoor environments. These inflatable objects were uncommon to their surroundings and immediately triggered the people’s interest and curiosity, who were compelled to touch, move and play with them, resulting in many different scenarios. These unexpected actions and manipulations were documented with photographs and videos by the artist. The acronym A. to A. was coined by Mazzucchelli to refer to the Art to Abandon series, which he produced and subsequently abandoned in urban spaces. Mazzucchelli grew increasingly disappointed by the mindless production of works and considered abandoning the art world completely. Instead, he reversed the idea and decided to physically abandon his art, inciting a reaction with the environment.

    Franco Mazzucchelli lives and works in Milan. His works have been shown in: 37th Venice Biennale; 11th Rome Quadrennial; Museo del Novecento, Milan; Art Basel Feature; ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe.

    798 ART ZONE 798 Art Center Parking Space


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    Qiu Shijie: Once Upon A Time, I Sat Here Smoking

    Hunsand Space

    Once Upon A Time, I Sat Here Smoking is an imaginative art that created by using traceable concrete image. The artist used daily visible objects to express his imagination.  For example, an image of a smoker can be create by using conference table, color steel tile, old furniture and bubble wrap.

    798 ART ZONE 798 Art Center Courtyard


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    Hu Qingyan, Go in One Ear and outthe Other No. 5

    Galerie Urs Meile

    The sculpture is assembled from randomly splicing and welding the different types and formats of carbon steel elbows of matching calibers. This seemingly abstract sculpture is, in fact, an intricate or even somewhat messy, pipeline encapsulating and representing the channel system in life and even the abstract system in society. In other words, it constitutes a slice and a part of a closed system, allowing the hidden channels and spaces that are isolated from us to be visualized.

    This work addresses the notions of space on different levels. Hu Qingyan is not only interested in the space around the sculpture, but also in the internal space – what is entrapped within the structure of the work (steel pipe). These open horn-mouths connect the inner and outer space of the sculpture.

    798 ART ZONE Bauhaus Square


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    Yang Jun, 1&

    Boers-Li Gallery

    For one ordinary street photography, the artist captures a reflective sign attached to the rear of a van-type electric vehicle on the street. The artist is sensitive about these concrete objects in our daily life, by adopting popular functionalist approaches, he then recreates and intentionally enlarges this 'specific charm' within these objects. Particularly in the domain of pattern, symbol and identification, some crucial elements can be used to transform its nature in a hierarchical manner, thus incremental visual effects arise from those elements. Just as the logo style title “1&” embedded in this work, it is a metaphor for an era of confronting concentrated direction in choices, the infinite energy that the number '1' or 'ONE(一)' embodies.

    Yang Jun: Conceptual artist, works ranging from photography, painting, installation to video art.

    798 ART ZONE Crossroad of 798 Road and 798 West Street


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    Huang Zhiyang, Possessing Numerous Peaks

    INK Studio

    Huang Zhiyang's “Possessing Numerous Peaks” series varies between landscape and biomorphic forms and between energy and matter, their parallel grooves at once attracting and circulating visual attention and physical contact. Alluding to the landscapes and animals of classical ink paintings, the form, density and orientation of each sculpture indicates the movement and flow of energy, integrating into its surroundings while accentuating the rhythm of nature itself. "Possessing Numerous Peaks" has been displayed at National Museum of Art (2014), Jing’an Sculpture Center (2012), World Expo Shanghai (2010), among other important venues and events.

    Born in 1965, Taipei, Huang Zhiyang was at the forefront of building the Taiwanese contemporary art scene in the 1980s and 90s, and represented Taiwan at the 46th Venice Biennale (1995). His artwork bridges the holistic and organicistic world of classical Daoism, Buddhism and neo-Confucianism with the emergent and non-linear worlds of contemporary phenomenology, neurology, evolutionary biology and deep ecology.

    798 ART ZONE Hill on Seven Star West Street


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    Katja Loher, Where the Dew Reflects the Newborn Bees

    The Opposite House

    Artist Katja Loher takes inspiration from the Chinese theory of the Five Elements, a comprehensive template that organizes all natural phenomena and life itself into five master patterns in nature, finding particular resonance in the cycles of generation and destruction between the elements. Generating: Wood feeds Fire, Fire creates Earth, Earth bears Metal, Metal collects Water, Water nourishes Wood. Overcoming: Wood parts Earth, Earth absorbs Water, Water extinguishes Fire, Fire melts Metal, Metal chops Wood.

    Loher's new work Where the Dew Reflects the Newborn Bees explores the timeless resonance of these ancient cycles to modern life, taking the form of five 'Videoplanets', one for each element, that float in the atrium of The Opposite House, Beijing.

    The Opposite House Atrium No.11 Sanlitun Rd. Chaoyang District, Beijing


    22.3-22.6.2019