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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 per day 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
    "It  provides  an  atmosphere  where  even  cats  and  dogs  can  effortlessly  come  and  go"  says  Sammi  Liu,  Founder  of  Tabula  Rasa  Gallery.  Within  four  years  of  the  establishment,  the  gallery  has  held  nearly  twenty  exhibitions.  Besides  the  young  artists  born  in  the  1980s  and  1990s  been  focused  on,  Tabula  Rasa  always  has  an  eye  out  for  artists  of  any  age  who  have  been  overlooked.  
  • Magician Space | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    “A  magician  is  someone  who  performs  magic  on  the  stage.  We  used  the  term  'Magician  Space'  because  we  feel  as  if  we’re  giving  a  stage  to  the  artist,  who  functions  like  a  magician,”  says  Qu  Kejie  @,  Founder  of  Magician  Space  @.  Since  its  establishment  from  12  years  ago,  almost  80  to  90  percent  of  past  exhibitions  at  Magician  Space  have  been  trying  to  minimise  the  role  of  the  curator,  and  protrude  the  artist’s  project  itself.  “Knowing  how  to  make  the  thoughts,  the  actions,  and  the  artworks  of  each  artist  stand  out”  is  a  significant  task  for  the  gallery.
  • Galerie Urs Meile | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    “I  believe,  really  good  artists,  they  have  sort  of  a  universal  message  or  universal  value,”  says  René  Meile,  Partner  of  Galerie  Urs  Meile  @galerieursmeile_beijinglucerne  in  Beijing.  Since  its  2005  opening  in  Caochangdi,  Galerie  Urs  Meile  has  not  only  worked  with  the  established  artists  from  China  and  Europe,  but  has  also  been  dedicated  in  supporting    new  talents  and  emerging  artists.  René  believes  that  among  the  artists  they  work  with,  that  “universal  significance”  always  exist,  and  their  job  is  “to  make  people  understand  why  or  what  they  actually  do”.
    ——  René  Meile    
  • Beijing Commune | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    “Our  space  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.”  -  Lv  Jingjing,  Director  of  Beijing  Commune,  expresses  expectations  of  the  gallery.  Appreciating  the  wild  spirit  of  798  Art  Zone,  She  describes  that  Beijing  Commune  extends  this  “wildness”  into  the  space  with  its  experimental  bent  and  concern  as  well  as  support  for  young  artists.
  • Fingerprint Gallery | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    “To  some  extent,  those  young  artists  and  our  gallery  are  alike,  on  account  of  both  standing  in  our  primary  stages”,  says  Hao  Ting,  Co-founder  of  Fingerprint  Gallery  @fingerprintgallery.  Going  through  the  primary  stage  arises  the  empathy  of  the  young  gallery  to  those  young  artists,  and  therefore,  a  better  understanding  on  what  they  intend  to  express.  “We  would  like  to  give  the  opportunity  to  them  to  decide  the  form  of  creation  and  exhibition,  and  encourage  more  free  expressions”  -  Ms  Hao  always  expects  the  present  exhibition  can  outdo  the  previous  one.
  • Boers-Li Gallery | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    "The  younger  generation,  especially  people  who  were  born  after  1990s  and  2000s,  look  carefully  into  literature,  and  perceive  art  in  a  serious  way,"  says  Jia  Wei,  Operating  Partner  of  Boers-Li  Gallery.  Given  that  context,  Boers-Li  Gallery  insists  on  providing  a  proper  guidance  which  allows  the  audience  to  perceive  and  the  new.  Sherry  Lai,  the  Managing  Director,  also  suggests  that  Boers-Li  Gallery  has  participated  in  public  events,  such  as  “Gallery  Night”.  This  event  is  designed  for  the  mass  majority  to  visit  galleries  in  the  evening,  and  to  make  exhibition  as  more  welcoming  for  people  working  full-time.
  • Platform China | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    “So  we  decided  to  name  our  gallery  ‘Platform  China’  as  we  expect  to  offer  a  platform  for  Chinese  art  that  can  get  involved  into  (the  larger  picture  of)  the  artistic  creation  and,  further,  contemporary  culture,”  says  Chen  Haitao,  Founder  and  Director  of  Platform  China  Contemporary  Art  Institute  @platform_china  .  Confronting  the  general  lack  of  exhibition  spaces  and  international  platforms  for  artistic  dialogue  at  that  time,  Mr.  Chen  started  his  gallery  in  2005.  Though  different  phases  are  occupied  with  different  focus,  the  quality  of  art  generated  by  the  gallery  is  always  what  the  gallery  gives  priority  to  and  to  be  seem  as  their  core  value.
  • Tang Contemporary Art | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    “Art  as  a  whole  picture  will  not  develop  positively  without  various  experimental  contemporary  art  conducted”,  says  Zheng  Lin,  Founder  of  Tang  Contemporary  Art,  holding  a  serious  attitude  towards  art.  Growing  up  from  merely  one  space  in  Bangkok  in  1997,  Tang  Contemporary  Art  now  have  possessed  five  spaces.  Mr.Zheng  insists  that  to  retain  their  voice  in  the  industry,  they  “should  not  be  dragged  in  the  sheer  commercial  pursuit,  but  uphold  a  longterm  viewpoint  and  concerns  more  for  experimental  exhibitions.”
  • Linda Gallery | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    "From  the  beginning,  it  was  designed  as  a  platform  to  facilitate  an  international  art  exchange  between  China  and  Southeast  Asia."  Says  Tina  Hong,  Gallery  Manager  of  Linda  Gallery.  The  gallery  has  successfully  promoted  numerous  Chinese  contemporary  artists  in  Indonesia  and  Singapore.  To  achieve  true  communication  in  the  future,  they  take  it  essential  to  promote  or  introduce  outstanding  local  artists  from  Indonesia  to  China.
  • Star Gallery | Portrait of the Gallery | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    “When  we  founded  Star  Gallery,  we  intentionally  chose  April  Fools’  Day  to  debut,”  says  Fang  Fang,  Founder  and  Director  of  Star  Gallery  (@stargallery_beijing).  “Although  it  seemed  to  be  a  joke,  in  essence  we  took  everything  seriously...  There’s  a  trend,  in  both  the  formation  of  value  and  marketing  strategies  in  Chinese  contemporary  art,  that  I  would  refer  to  as  ‘breaking  the  cycle.’...  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
    “These  years,  you  can  observe  a  real  surge  of  the  population  who  are  knowledgable  about  art,  interested  in  art,  and  in  need  of  art,”  says  Li  Lanfang,  Founder  of  Triumph  Gallery.  Since  the  founding  in  2007,  Triumph  Gallery  has  been  striving  to  adapt  the  ever-changing  market.However,  “although  we  keep  looking  forward,  yet  no  one  have  certain  picture  of  the  future,”  —  “but  dream  is  still  something  we  should  uphold”,  Li  Lanfang  believes  that  without  initial  passion,  it  will  become  tough  to  move  any  further.
  • 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."