D’SIGN’s Weekly Dose: Modern Art in China Beijing Factory
Fast growing art area in China
Modern art in China or Beijing Factory 798. The heart of a growing art and culture community in Beijing, 798 Space is the centre and the biggest space that provide cultural, artistic and commercial activities in the area. This area where over a hundred art (international) galleries are located. In addition, you will find many art cafés, cafés and book stores. The designer shops are on the rise. The supply of modern art reflected the social development of China is currently experiencing. And there is much international interest in Chinese contemporary art.
The 798 Art Space is located in Dashanzi, an area to the northeast of central Beijing. It was formerly a large state-owned factories including Factory 798 and part of the collaboration between The People’s Republic of China and the former Soviet Union. They agree in 1951 to a large-scale collaborative headed by Soviet engineers. But sometimes things run differently, in 1952 the East Germans strong at that time in building electronic component where introduced to The Chinees Republic as part of the war-reparations deal with Germany. And Factory 798 is a result of this new collaboration, It is designed by East German architects in the Bauhaus style and build by the Russians in early 1959 as part of this agreement.
Than the year 2002, artists and cultural organizations began to divide, rent out, and re-make the factory spaces, gradually developing them into galleries, art centers, artists’ studios, design companies, restaurants, and bars. It became a “Soho-esque” area of international character, replete with “loft living,” attracting attention from all around.
Among these newcomers there are cultural entrepreneurs: designers, publishers, exhibitors, performers, and artists. There are makers of luxury furniture and high-end fashion, purveyors of food and drink, and other service-based businesses. Keeping in mind the prerequisite of preserving the historical and cultural remains left in this place, inhabitants have re-defined, re-designed, and re-made the factory spaces, bringing an understanding of architecture and living that is a creative work in itself.
“798” represents the accumulation and maturation of youth culture in this new era. The culture that has taken shape here turns local resources into international assets, and individual ideals into social norms. “Re-making 798” is about the coexistence of avant-garde consciousness and traditional sentiment, the combination of experimentation and social responsibility, the double-victory of spiritual fulfilment and economic planning, and the interaction of the elite and the masses.
Story by: Gabriëlle Voogt