Tsinghua University, Beijing is one of China’s most prestigious educational institutions and boasts a large number of famous faculty members and alumni, including President Hu Jintao, current General Secretary of the Communist Party of China. Tsinghua’s Academy of Arts & Design plays an active role in the local design scene, and is also HQ for Beijing International Design Triennial (BIDT). Faculty members include Professors Hang Jian (co-curator of Re-thinking Bamboo, BIDT), Lv Jingren and Ma Quan (interviews coming soon). The university itself is located in Haidian, otherwise known as the student/university district.
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.
Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) is situated on Huajiadi Nanjie, Beijing (not too far from the surreal experiences of IKEA). It is, reportedly, the only art institution of higher learning operated by the Ministry of Education; founded in April 1950, when the National Beijing Art College and the Fine Arts Department of Huabei University were transformed into a single institution. The School of Design holds graduate exhibitions every year, which are well worth a visit, and also houses AIGA China. Equipped with an art museum (designed by Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki) as well as art supplies and book stores, CAFA is another favourite to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.