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As its fourth anniversary approaches, Gallery Weekend Beijing has launched a new video series titled “Portrait of the Gallery | Portrait of the Institution.” We invited representatives from the 30 participating galleries and institutions in the Main Sector program of Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020 to share with us on camera their vision and outlook on Chinese art. 


Leading up to GWBJ 2020, we will publish one short video about a single gallery or institution. Hearing their unique perspectives, we will learn about the multifaceted Beijing art community, as well as the diverse histories and missions of each of our participants.


Portrait of the Gallery
  • Tabula Rasa Gallery | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    We  have  also  tried  to  carry  out  a  so-called  "space  exchange"  every  year.  In  the  past,  artists  who  came  from  Southern  China  gained  hardly  any  exposure  in  the  North.  As  a  result,  we  came  up  with  a  plan  to  collaborate  with  institutions  in  the  South,  bringing  Southern  artists  to  the  North  (Beijing)  for  exhibitions  and  vice-versa.  In  this  manner,  artists  from  both  sides  can  be  brought  to  light.
  • Magician Space | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    We've  been  preparing  to  found  our  own  research  department.  This  department  will  conduct  comparative  studies  of  the  Chinese  contemporary  art  scene  and  the  international  market,  helping  shape  and  enhance  our  future  judgment  regarding  our  path  and  the  role  of  academics.  
  • Galerie Urs Meile | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    The  shows  we  are  planning  (to  do)  are  always  connected  with  our  programme  and  reflect  what  we  do  or  what  you  believe  in  our  programme,  which  is,  on  one  hand,  working  with  the  established  artists  from  China,  as  well  as  with  the  established  artists  from  the  west,  mainly  Europe.  But  I  think  the  really  interesting  job  or  part  we  do  besides  working  with  the  established  artists,  is  really  trying  to  bring  up  new  talents  and  emerging  artists.
  • Beijing Commune | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    Beijing  Commune  will  continue  to  be  an  energetic  space.  It  has  a  certain  power,  and  such  power  is  based  on  a  direction  of  exploration,  or  on  a  new  possibility  brought  by  practice.
  • Fingerprint Gallery | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    Our  major  focus,  at  present  and  into  the  future,  is  on  young  artists.  To  some  extent,  young  artists  and  our  gallery  are  alike,  considering  that  we're  both  in  a  sort  of  primary  stage.  By  understanding  them  and  their  intended  expression,  we  hope  to  provide  them  the  freedom  to  create  and  exhibit  in  an  uninhibited  way.
  • Boers-Li Gallery | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    The  younger  generation,  especially  peoplethose  who  were  born  after  1990s  and  2000sin  the  1990s  and  2000s,  look  carefully  intoat  literature,  and  perceive  art  in  a  serious  way.  They  tend  not  to  idolize  anyone  icon,  but  ratherwould  rather  to  hold  onto  their  own  unique  viewpoints.  I  believe  that  we  [galleries  and  institutions]  all  need  to  provide  our  audience  proper  guidance  so  they  can  perceive  and  learn  new  things.
  • Platform China | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    We  believe  that  it  remains  essential  to  understand  artworks  within  their  historical  context.  As  of  late,  we've  melded  several  of  our  approaches  to  this  end,  showcasing  earlier  experimental  artists  like  Ding  Liren,  Ma  Kelu,  and  so  on.  They,  in  my  opinion,  are  the  pioneers  of  contemporary  art  in  China.  
  • Tang Contemporary Art | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    Now  we  have  five  spaces  in  the  world,  having  grown  up  from  only  one  in  Bangkok.  All  the  spaces  of  Tang  Contemporary  Art  have  surpassed  our  original  scale,  meeting  the  best  and  the  highest  standards  for  a  gallery.
  • Linda Gallery | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    Since  the  opening  exhibition  of  Linda  Gallery  Beijing,  we've  emphasised  three  subjects  in  terms  of  our  focus  on  infrastructure  and  our  system  as  a  gallery:  academic  exhibitions,  exhibitions  by  well-known  artists,  and  support  for  outstanding  young  artists.  In  the  meantime,  [we]  hope  to  gradually  implement  the  gallery's  new  exploratory  plan  of  promoting  Southeast  Asian  artists,  making  that  our  fourth  emphasis.
  • Star Gallery | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    We  invited  a  band,  New  Pants,  to  take  part  in  our  present  exhibition,“I  Love  Beijing  New  Wave"  The  works  of  Peng  Lei  and  Pang  Kuan,  the  lead  singers  of  this  band,  also  form  part  of  the  exhibition  as  a  series  of  projected  videos.  So  "new  wave"  is  more  than  a  concept  in  film  or  music.  It  can  extend  itself  into  painting  and  even  the  visual  arts  in  general.  We  look  forward  to  artists  from  various  fields  assembling  to  perform  in  one  arena.
  • Hive Center for Contemporary Art | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    "Hive-Becoming"  is  a  meaningful  project  that  we  are  doing  that's  aiming  to  provide  a  platform  for  young  Chinese  artists  worldwide.  Our  major  concern  and  efforts  as  a  gallery  will  focus  around  the  promotion  of  young  artists,  those  who  are  to  become  the  next  wave  in  Chinese  contemporary  art.  Also,  our  young  curatorial  team  has  been  growing  together,  in  parallel,  with  these  young  artists.
  • Triumph Gallery | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    I  think  developments  in  technology,  including  AI  and  other  breakthroughs,  and  the  increase  in  standards  of  living  and  the  humanistic  concerns  of  the  general  public  have  led  to  a  huge  demand  for  art.  Since  the  very  beginning,  Triumph  Gallery  has  been  striving  to  adapt  to  the  ever-changing  market.  Although  we  keep  looking  forward,  we  have  no  certain  picture  of  the  future.
  • Ginkgo Space | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    We  can  see  rich  colors  in  Chen  Ruobing's  work.  But  in  fact,  all  his  works  are  about  the  relationship  between  two  colors  –  always  the  relationship  between  black  and  white,  as  he  studied  Chinese  painting  in  the  past.  How  to  turn  black  and  white  into  colors  involves  the  understanding  of  shape  and  light,  so  the  conversion  indeed  accepts  the  cognition  of  objects  as  present  in  traditional  Chinese  culture.
  • ​Long March Space | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    Since  the  end  of  2019,  Long  March  Space  have  been  focused  on  the  second  phase  of  our  reformation.  In  addition  to  our  main  exhibition  hall,  where  regular  exhibition  projects  are  showcased,  we're  establishing  a  research-oriented  exhibition  project  called  Artist  Room.  Alongside  invited  researchers  and  curators,  we'll  mainly  focus  on  researching  our  core  artists  and  their  works,    and  then  periodically  exhibiting  the  achievements  of  this  in  the  space.
  • WHITE SPACE BEIJING | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    We  welcome  all  the  possibilities  that  artists  present  and  will  keep  our  embrace  wide  open.The  gallery  functions  as  a  platform.Trust  from  both  sides  is  needed  within  the  gallery.  For  one,  the  artists  trust  the  gallery's  status  as  a  kind  of  career  partner.  In  addition,  the  collectors  trust  the  gallery's  ability  to  present  artists  of  quality  who  meet  their  interests.As  far  as  communication,  a  gallery  should  bridge,  introduce,  and  recommend.
  • Hunsand Space | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend 2020
    Whether  it  be  abstract  art,  figurative  art,  or  new  media,  it  must  possess  an  "unfettered  grace".  This  sensibility  is  something  I  greatly  value  in  an  artist.  In  a  sense,  we  want  the  artists  to  present  a  motiveless,  unbridled  simplicity  in  their  works.  Their  works  would  leave  the  viewers  with  boundless  space  for  imagination.  Like  looking  into  a  mirror,  anyone  can  relate  to  the  work  in  a  personal  way,  instead  of  abiding  by  a  rigid  framework  of  interpretation  set  by  the  artist.
  • CLC Gallery Venture | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    Choosing  to  emerge  does  not  necessarily  mean  changing,  but  rather  persisting.  Our  emergence  and  growth  is  intended  to  bring  us  closer  to  our  principles  and  offer  continuous  support  for  artists  with  proper  credit.  Running  a  gallery,  in  many  cases,  requires  close  attention  to  trifles  and  details,  and  sometimes  even  involves  manual  labour.  As  I  see  it,  Chinese  contemporary  artists  are  maintaining  good  momentum  regarding  creation.