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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 Institution
  • Taikang Space | Portrait of the Institution | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    Because  Taikang  Space  emphasises  on  academic  research,  many  of  our  exhibitions  are  actually  categorized  as  research-based,  The  other  category  (of  our  exhibition)  is  the  introduction  of  emerging  artists.  We  aim  to  study  and  examine  history  closely,  and  seek  to  dig  into  relevant  historical  context  and  discourses.  Taikang  Space's  research  framework  covers  the  entire  20th  century  of  the  Chinese  history,  Such  span  of  time  would  help  us  gain  a  better  understanding  of  the  changes  and  fluctuations  of  our  time  and  to  guide  us  to  look  at  the  present  and  future  through  a  historical  lens.
  • UCCA Center for Contemporary Art | Portrait of the Institution | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    UCCA  has  always  been  a  space  for  communication  between  China  and  the  world.  We  have  two  missions:  One  is  to  let  more  people  feel  the  power  of  art  to  improve  life  through  art  –  to  allow  us  to  access  the  stuff  life  is  made  of.  To  develop  and  open  up  our  thought  process.  The  other  [mission]  is  to  establish  some  communication  channels  between  China  and  foreign  countries  through  art.  We  hope  to  build  a  national  and  international  network  to  discuss  and  explore  the  possibilities  of  contemporary  art  in  society  today.  
  • Faurschou Foundation | Portrait of the Institution
    Robert  Rauschenberg  was  our  inaugural  exhibition.  Other  significant  exhibitions  that  I  would  like  to  mention  is  Yoko  Ono’s  exhibition.  And  it  was  the  first  one-man  exhibition  she  had,  or  a  one-woman  exhibition  she  had.  Entropy,  which  we  had  here  in  2018,  which  was  a  survey  of  Chinese  artists,  seven  Chinese  artists.  And  it  was  so  strong  an  experience  for  us.  So  we  decided  to  bring  that  exhibition  to  the  Venice  Biennale  last  year.  It  was  a  big  success  too.  And  I  like  this  culture  exchange.  This  is  one  of  our  goals.  Quality  above  everything.  So  when  we  put  an  exhibition  together,  we  really  try  to  get  the  best  works.  And  I  would  rather  do  less  than  many,  then  give  space  to  each  work.  
  • M WOODS | Portrait of the Gallery
    I  think  the  focus  of  the  work  of  M  WOODS  is  actually  the  public,  from  the  beginning  to  the  end.  We  need  to  do  a  good  job  of  serving  the  public.  We  don't  want  to  be  the  ones  who  put  up  a  fence  around  the  art  museum.    On  the  contrary,  we  want  to  remove  the  fence.  Public  participation  is  a  very  important  thing  to  me.
  • Song Art Museum | Portrait of the Institution
    Using  the  art  of  empty  space,  we  made  the  museum  a  container  for  art,  where  artistic  vocabulary  and  expression  can  reveal  themselves  fully.”  Says  Shirly  Wang,  Director  of  Song  Art  Museum  and  VP  of  H.  Brothers  Art.  Founded  in  2017,  Song  Art  Museum’s  place  has  always  been  to  serve  the  public.  One  of  its  missions  is  to  promote  Chinese  contemporary  art,  and  another  is  to  share  the  charm  of  art  with  the  public.  “We  hope  that  the  art  museum  can  be  not  only  a  platform  for  exhibiting  and  promoting  artworks,  but  also  a  platform  that  can  interact  with  the  public.  To  know  what  the  public  needs,  what  their  desire  for  contemporary  art  is  like,  and  where  their  interests  lie.
  • ESPACE LOUIS VUITTON | Portrait of the Institution | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    ESPACE  LOUIS  VUITTON,  completed  in  2017,  is  located  in  Beijing’s  core  business  district.  ESPACE  LOUIS  VUITTON  organizes  exhibitions  within  the  framework  of  the  Foundation  Louis  Vuitton’s  "Hors-les-murs"  program,  displaying  works  from  the  Foundation’s  collection,  and  successfully  showcased  the  artworks  of  internationally  renowned  artists,  such  as  Gerhard  Richter,  Richard  Prince  and  Philip  Pareno.  These  museum-level  exhibitions  set  the  tone  for  the  dialogue  between  the  space  and  the  public.  The  Foundation  Louis  Vuitton  is  dedicated  to  bringing  contemporary  art  and  artists  into  the  public  eye  and  showing  the  inspirations  of  these  artists  from  the  20th  century.
  • CAFA Art Museum​ ​| Portrait of the Institution | Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020
    The  rapid  development  of  the  world  in  recent  years  will  take  us  into  a  period  of  subversive  development.  Maybe  a  lot  of  the  ideas  we  originally  have  accepted  knew  will  be  subverted.  In  such  an  era,  an  art  museum  must  be  a  keen  observer  must  have  a  keen  observation,  or  offering  sharp  insight  into  the  contemporary  art.  I  consider  this  is  very  important,  in  order  to  authentically  promote  innovation  in  art  the  art  innovation  authentically.​