Beijing-based illustrator Ray Lei has just sent us details of an upcoming exhibition he will be taking part in (alongside collaborators Thomas Sauvin and Zafka); from 18-27 May 2013, Today Art Museum will showcase their new Recycled animation (sneak peek above). Ray Lei tells us more.
"Book launch: Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project and Xinjiang Research, published by China CITIC Press, March 2013. Meet Liu Xiaodong and Ou Ning at Fangsuo Commune, Guangzhou on 2 April 2013, and at Cafe Copy, Today Art Museum, Beijing on 8 April 2013”. Via Ou Ning.
Established in 2006, and featuring designers such Zhang Chao, Zhang Bin and Zhang Huimin, Creatife is a small collective that researches, develops and produces high-quality design products conceptualised by fresh talent. The team often collaborate with young, Chinese creatives to help them nurture their own brand; they have also partnered with National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), Today Art Museum, +86 Design Store and UCCA (amongst others) to develop over 45 retail outlets across Beijing, and feature an extensive range of products on Taobao themselves.
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.