Art Galleries in Beijing

On December 15, 2010, in Cool Places, Must-sees, by Jack Li

While you’re on your china travel and have an interest in the Arts then Beijing would be the place to go to. Beijing has many art galleries to choose from and there would be many China Tours that provides services to certain Art Galleries.

Caochangdi which is called the “gallery district” of Beijing and has a wide range of art selection and you can find many art-goers around browsing for art materials and pieces. Even though Caochangdi is considered relatively small, but the diversity of materials and themes available in the galleries is on par with what one would find in a larger, more populous gallery district.

There are three main art galleries in Caochangdi and there are:

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre


Three Shadows Photography Art Centre

 This gallery is probably the best point of entry for the Caochangdi galleries as it lies at the centre of the district. The centre itself is an elegant complex which includes an open yard, an older industrial red brick building, and an elegant gray brick gallery complex that unfolds around the yard, which is designed by Ai Weiwei. This gallery was founded by a photography couple Rong Rong and Inri in 2007 and it is to exhibit works by underrepresented and emerging photographers. In addition to the gallery space, the centre also houses a cafe, shop, and an impressive library of photography history, theory, and monographs.

Address: 155 Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing.

Tel: 010-64322663.

Gallerie Urs Meile

Art piece from Gallerie Urs Meile


This gallery is situated in the actual village of Caochangdi Cun, easily recognised amidst the run-down white-tile buildings that populate this area. The gallery complex is very unique because of its distinctive height, unusual design, and also for its gray brickwork. Again, like the Three Shadows, Galerie Urs Meile was designed by Ai Weiwei – whom it also represents, along with other well-known experimental artists such as Tracy Snelling or, as with his current controversial and some people would also call it repulsive exhibition which is called “The Wings of Live Art” by He Yunchang. Galerie Urs Meile, which has also a sister gallery in Lucerne, Switzerland, has become known for bold new works from established avant-garde artists in China and the West. In addition to the gallery spaces at the Urs Meile complex, they also play host to an artist-in-residence program, which allows western artists the chance to live and work in Beijing.


Address: 104 Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Tel: 010-64333393

Boers-Li Gallery

Art Piece from Boers-Li Gallery

This gallery was founded in 2005 and it stands along the edge of Caochangdi, in its warehouse district. It comprised of two large warehouse-galleries and it is also the largest of the three galleries. However, the Boers-Li Gallery doesn’t pack the works in tightly, but rather uses the space to help emphasize the work exhibited – new and experimental work true to the gallery’s purpose. Going to Boers-Li Gallery thus gives one the feeling of a more “underground” gallery, probably due to the stark buildings as to the new (lesser known) work that pushes the boundaries of what art can say. As with Galerie Urs Meile, the Boers-Li Gallery is not media specific, although its focus on lesser-known artists is similar to the Three Shadows and most of the other, smaller galleries in Caochangdi.

Address: A-8 Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Tel: 010-64322620

So if you are interested in checking out all these galleries, then Travel to Beijing and get inspired by all these amazing art pieces!

Jack Li
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