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About the Is It Art? Walk in Beijing
In the last ten years China has risen to the top of the international art world. Chinese artists and their work increasingly push the bounds of acceptable and ask penetrating questions about culture, politics, and the rapid change gripping this country and its role in the world. Much of the energy in the Chinese art world revolves around an abandoned military factory on the city's northeastern edge, the so-called 798 Art District—a sprawling complex of galleries, exhibition spaces, and art zones that bubble with excitement.
The sprawling 798 military factory was built in the 1950s as part of a Chinese-East German collaboration. Designed by Bauhaus architects, the enormous complex once housed up to 20,000 workers, boasted its own hospital and schools, and welcomed a wide array of communist world leaders. In the 1990s, after production of military electronics moved to other, more modern facilities and 798 was abandoned, avant-garde artists moved in and transformed the gargantuan complexread more
- Duration: 3 hours
- Category: Art
- Group: ¥550 per person
- Private: ¥2,500 per party