"Dashanzi Beijing Artist Community" Beijing Off The Beaten Path Tip by m_guilfoile

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Ever get templed-out or churched-out while on vacation? It happened to me and I'm sure it can happen to you after a few days in Beijing.

If you enjoy art and are open to buying I strongly suggest that you check out the Dashanzi Art Galleries in Beijing.

The art scene is China is exciting because it is booming with energy perhaps more so than anywhere else in the world. As China embraces more capitalist principles and liberalizing freedom of speech this is paving the way for a cultural renaissance that is just beginning to bud.

A bit over a decade ago, artists were given a fixed salary in China whether they created awesome work or crap. Of course this salary was meager and being an artist was not a glorified career. Now, an artist can be paid exactly what is deemed worthy in the eyes of the beholder. At the same time there is so much revolutionary freedom of expression both social and political.

The area is teeming with galleries admist a forest green environmnet inside run down factories. I was stunned.

The prices are much more reasonable than most places in the world except Vietnam which has some great art work though the image is tarnished by the proliferation of fakes and knock-offs.


I added the name of a gallery where I bought some art. You can use this as a reference point.

Phone: 01084599299
Website: http://www.xyzartgallery.com

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  • Written Jul 19, 2006
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