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Q: Is there any good art on display in 798 or is it just a tourist trap?

8 years 14 weeks ago in  Culture - Beijing

 
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It used to be a place run by artists for artists and lovers of art; but since the place has been heavily colonized by unrelated businesses trying to cash in on the hype, the place has gone seriously down-hill. It's a shame really, becuase there are a few galleries still trying to keep the art alive there. I visited it recently and found that Faurshau Gallery, Pace and Ullens all had fairly decent exhibitions. But there are hands-down way too many souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants there now, as well as galleries showing utter crap.

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THey still have good galleries. I've been to several of the showrooms there. I'm not sure if I went to all of them but definitely the majority of them I did go to. I remember towards the end of the trip at the exit they had a gallery it was sort of weird it had some weird sculptures in the rooms. Near the entrance where I started they had a lot of paintings and also some neat sculptures outside as well. The sculptures outside are huge!!

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Having been once I did feel it was abit touristy but it was good to look around and see some of the art around the place.

I have heard but never been to this place (people who have let me know) but many contempory artists have setup shop in this area of Beijing Songzhuang in Tongzhou district.

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