Art and photography in Beijing

First song I heard today: It happens (Sugarland)

Quote for the day: “The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it.” (Banksy)

Yesterday, I went on a walkabout through Beijing’s 798 Art District with a group of likeminded people. It was a soul soothing experience. Chinese art is about so much more than just small jade statues in luminous green, or life-size warriors in terracotta. I could have spent many more hours there, exploring all the hidden corners and little galleries and studios.

We admired two couples having their bridal photo shoots done, street performers doing their thing and saw a heap of broken, discarded bricks with faces painted on it.

We visited the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art and heard about the fabulous work done by the Center to support new and established Chinese artists.

A short drive further, we visited the Three Shadows Photography Art Center, owned by Rong Rong and Inri. I could only gape at the talent of Il Kwon Son and drool over Dr Werner Schuster’s “Black”.

Today, I’ll let the photos do the talking.

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  1. #1 by Liz on March 8, 2011 - 5:37 pm

    Wow…..fantastic art! And your photos are also amazing…love it!

    • #2 by Celia on March 8, 2011 - 6:21 pm

      Thanks, I’m definitely going back for another visit.

  2. #3 by Mahaendra on April 22, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    Interesting…You must take me there next time I’m in Beijing…

    • #4 by Celia on April 22, 2011 - 5:02 pm

      Thanks. Let me know next time you’re here, it is a fascinating place.

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