Archive for October, 2011

I visited Beijing, staying at the Beijing Studio Center with four other artists from Gwangju, and explored the art and culture of the city for a month. I left with the other Gwangju-based artists on September 27 and returned on October 28. The Beijing Studio Center is located in Songzhuang, a part of Beijing that is designated by the government as a special art district and has attracted some 7,000 artist residents and is home to 22 art museums. Beijing, I’ve discovered, is roughly the size of one eighth of South Korea.

Mr. Zheng Xuewu, an artist and curator who travels every year to New York for his art exhibitions there, runs the Beijing Studio Center and introduced us to some of his artist friends during our stay. I ventured into downtown Beijing frequently where I visited the Forbidden Palace, the National Museum of China, the Capital Museum, Yong He Gong Temple, the National Art Museum of China, the Today Art Museum, Tiantan Park, Peking University, the historic neighborhood of Hutong, the Liulichang art market and the antique market of Panjiayuan, Beihai Park, Changsan Park, Wangfujing Dajie (large street) and the 798 Art District, etc.

I’ve interviewed some of the artists we visited in Beijing. I’ve uploaded pictures, stories and videos of my travel to the capital of the People’s Republic of China onto my other blog at http://artofbeijing.wordpress.com.


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