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Upping the Expo Tempo

September 14, 2015
September’s Best Art Shows

Hong Kong might have Basel, but there’s no denying that over the past two decades Beijing has developed one of the most dynamic art scenes in the world. 

And while there is always good reason to go for a quick chin-stroking session in the famed 798 Art District, pickings are particularly favourable for culture vultures right now, with a host of galleries highlighting emerging and established Chinese talents. 

Here are the exhibitions sm-art sorts should be checking out...

Forget classic canvases, the most cutting-edge local creatives are all about boundary-pushing new media. And few do it better that Tau Hui whose show, New Directions, is currently on at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Arts. Expect confronting filmed performance pieces that mash traditional folklore with OTT aspects of modern Sino soap operas and all the drama of modern Chinese family affairs. (Until 19 Oct)

Meanwhile, De Sarthe Gallery’s Artists at Play showcases sculptures, installations and paintings by the likes of Zhou Wendou, Ma Sibo and Wang Lijun. Each of the assembled works explores – often with colourful whimsy – themes of childhood, nostalgia and games, demonstrating that world-class art doesn’t have to be oh-so serious. (Until 15 Oct)

Or, if you want to nab some stuff by the Ai Weiwei's and Xu Bing’s of tomorrow before they make it big, get over to Today Art Museum for IVY ART 2015, an annual project spotlighting multimedia works by more than 50 young Sino creatives. (Until 21 Sep)

New Directions: Tao Hui / UCCA / 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 5780 0200 / 10am-7pm Tue-Sun /

Artists at Play / De Sarthe Gallery / 328D Caochangdi / Chaoyang / +86 10 8418 2441 / 10.30am-6.30pm Tue-Sun /

IVY ART 2015 / Today Art Museum / 32 Baiziwan Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 5876 0600 / 10am-6pm daily /