Situated in an abandoned beer factory on Baiziwan Lu, Today Art Museum is China’s first private, not-for-profit museum. The building was initially converted into a sales office by Chinese architect, Yung Ho Chang in 1999; it was then transformed into the museum it is now by fellow architect, Wang Hui. “From the book bar to a digital movie theatre, Today Art Museum is a cultural center with comprehensive facilities for film screenings, exhibitions, art business and more. Various spaces in the museum are designed to host academic lectures, symposia, press conferences…” Continue reading.
22 International Art Plaza, Pingod
Just south of Tonghuihe Beilu (and the accompanying canal) in Beijing, creatives of the Pingod community on Baiziwan Lu go about their day. The Pingod complex plays host to a number of cafes and restaurants, as well as the infamous Today Art Museum and 22 International Art Plaza. Although mostly occupied by art and photography studios, 22 International Art Plaza does showcase some promising design spaces and is a great place to spend some time if you’re in a contemplative, peaceful mood.
22 International Art Plaza, 32 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District (朝阳区百子湾路32号22院街艺术家村), Beijing. The best way to get there is via taxi or bike as the complex is located between Shuangjing and Guomao subway stations. If you like a walk, it should take about 15-20 mins from Guomao.