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Arts & Museums
Specializing in Chinese contemporary art, Beijing Art Now Gallery aspires to promote the work of Chinese Artists. Large expansive rooms with wall sized paintings can be found here amongst other things. It is also situated near a lake where you can take a stroll if you need a breath of fresh air. It is a truly modern spot with a relaxing atmosphere, a must see for art lovers traveling through Beijing.
One of the premiere art galleries in China, PKM gallery specialises in contemporary art and has a strong foot hold in the Asian as well as international art markets. Founded in 2001, this gallery has over 8000 feet of exhibition space and has held many interesting art exhibitions. Located in the heart of the Chaoyang art districts in Beijing, PKM Gallery always has something different to showcase to its audience.
The Dongyue Temple is a Taoist temple founded in 1319. However original temple was destroyed and rebuilt in 1698 and 1761. You can enjoy the history and the stunning Taoist religious figurines and artifacts. The Dongyue Temple also has the largest collection of stone tablets in Beijing, including one written in 1329. Today the temple is both a religious building, a school, a museum and a landmark.
F2 is where contemporary art and modern technology comes to rest together. F2 Gallery aims to link Chinese art with the West and bring about the expertise that can help its customers choose between fine pieces of art work. It holds exhibitions at regular intervals for the promotion of its artists and acts as a consultant to artists, buyers as well as other museums.
This huge modern exhibition center (the second largest in the world), located within the China World Trade Center, regularly exhibits various professional Chinese and foreign works. Shows include not only traditional works of art, but also books, coins, stamps, fashion and toys. Contact the Center for a listing of the monthly schedule. English is spoken. Admission prices vary with each exhibit.
Built in 1443, this temple was the family shrine of Wang Zhen, a eunuch of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was constructed strictly according to the traditional Buddhist temple layout, and has 10 halls in three courtyards. The temple houses 1,521 pieces of historical relics, and a set of wood blocks for printing the Great Buddhist Scriptures. They are the only existing official wood blocks for printing Chinese-character Buddhist scriptures in the country. But the most valuable cultural relics here are the Beijing music and music scores dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Sino-US House Artworks, as the name suggests, collaborates the best of fusion art-work between Chinese and American artists. The works on show are all up for grabs. One of many fine art galleries in the city, the works are up amongst the best fighting off stiff competition from its peers. The acrylics on canvas are such that each make a case to adorn the walls at houses and be a good addition to any esteemed collection.
An awe-inspiring 15th-century watchtower is the setting for this delightful gallery. Cutting-edge works of modern Chinese art play off the cavernous interior and classical columns and beams of Ming dynasty architecture. Oils, inks, acrylics, sculptures, photography, printmaking and performance art by some of today's best-known artists are displayed. Red gate has gained an international reputation for showcasing the work of new and emerging Chinese artists and introducing them to the world. The staff is considered to be a fountain of information about what is happening in Chinese and international art circles. Exhibitions vary monthly.
The Confucius Temple is a beautiful temple with several courtyards and halls. Created in the Yuan Dynasty in 1302, the temple celebrates the philosopher Confucius. There are several myths and stories about the temple, including a tree that can tell when someone is good or bad. The adjoining museum reviews the life of Confucius and how his philosophies influenced the world today as we know it.
Situated in the heart of the capital, the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) is one of the largest art museums in the nation. It is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and researching modern and contemporary Chinese art. The museum was constructed between 1958 and 1962, and renovated in 2004 through 2005. Spread over an area of 30,000 square meters, it is divided into 21 exhibition halls, NAMOC has a collection of over 100,000 ancient and contemporary Chinese and Western artworks, including folk arts, puppets, kites, embroidery and lacquer ware.
Built during the early 1950s, this main hall of the China National Museum of Fine Arts was a Communist monolith, displaying Red Guard-influenced pieces. Now, it holds temporary and permanent exhibitions of modern Chinese painting, calligraphy, prints and sculpture. Recently, foreign artists have been invited to hold exhibitions of their work. A well-stocked print and art supplies shop is located within the gallery.
The Beijing International Art Palace Gallery specializes in modern Chinese paintings and photography. The exhibitions vary from month to month so telephone ahead to find out what is on at present. A permanent variety of traditional Chinese paintings and calligraphy is also exhibited and most pieces can be purchased. For more information, ask at the gallery's front desk located near the entrance.