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Dashanzi Art District

October 18, 2009

I’m still going through the photos from China (slowly! Resizing for the web takes time, although I’m sure there are quicker ways – hints and tips appreciated!) and have decided to break the Beijing photos into categories.  This should 1. take care of the is-this-Temple-of-Heaven-or-the-Summer-Palace-(or-even-Forbidden-City)? issues this end and 2. make the task seem less daunting for me.

Today I tackled the smallest subset of Beijing photos – the pics from our visit to the Dashanzi Art District (also known as 798).  I was something of a reluctant visitor; the Wallpaper guide was all “oh, Dashanzi is so over, you’ve really got to go to [somewhere much less accessible]” and, to be honest, there was a lot of pretty kitschy stuff.  There was, however, some really interesting work and it was wonderful to spend time wandering around a precinct so thoroughly dedicated to art.  (Oh, and there was decent cake, too!) It’s definitely on the itinerary as a longer visit next time.

Chen Wenling’s “farting bull” – “Emergency Exit”, a commentary on the global financial crisis – was extraordinary, and Yan Pei-Ming’s “Landscape of Childhood” installation was truly affecting.  The photos do neither justice, but do serve as an aide-memoire for us – hopefully they give you an idea of the work.

Click here for the Dashanzi photoset.

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  1. October 18, 2009 6:47 pm

    maravilloso !!!!

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