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Yes, But Is It Art?

May 13, 2014

Context Travel Art Walking Tour

Beijing’s art scene is a burgeoning, boundary-pushing melting pot of political, cultural and social exploration and commentary, and its central hub, the 798 Art District, is just as complex a maze to navigate. If you long to discover the local artists as well as the district itself, but haven’t the faintest idea where to begin, your salvation lies in the hands of Context Travel, whose expert guided walking tours take you by the hand and lift the brocade curtain on this rapidly evolving, global headline-grabbing scene.

Situated in the Bauhaus-designed, former 798 military electronic factory on Beijing’s northeastern outskirts, the converted art zone now houses the city’s principal galleries and exhibition spaces, overflowing with the crème of Chinese and international artists and their painted, sculpted and performance works. Guided by current exhibitions, CT’s 3-hour tours take you right to heart of the sprawling district, where China’s role in both the contemporary and historical art worlds is analysed and discussed, and pivotal artists – like Huang Ri, Xu Yong, and Ai Weiwei, to name but a few – and their work’s impact are explored. The tours culminate in a post-walk fuel up at one of the district’s many eateries, and afterwards you’re free to roam the area and exercise your new found Chinese art appreciation skills. Get critical!