China, Beijing, 798 Art Zone, located in Dashanzi, Chaoyang District, one of my favoured places in Beijing.
798 represent the country’s cutting edge art movement by the Chinese vanguard, untied artistic personalities with alternative life goals. This area feels an affinity to what can be discovered & sensed along the Left Bank in Paris or around Greenwich Village, NYC. 798 has become the biggest arts area in China & earned great international acclaim in just two years.
The buildings, designed by the former East German Republic & constructed with help from the now former Soviet Union, were vital for China’s old industrial development projects & they’re just as key to the art scene at 798. Old Maoist slogans are visible on the ceiling arches. The Dashanzi factory complex began 1951, production in 1957, as an extension of the "Socialist Unification Plan" of military-industrial cooperation between the Soviet Union & the newly formed People’s Republic of China. Attracted by the Bauhaus Style buildings, around 2002 an amazing reincarnation process began when artists’ studios started cheerily popping up like daisies over graves.
Artists began to gather to re-make the factory spaces, gradually developing them into swanky galleries, hip art centers, artists’ studios, design companies, fashion stores, cozy coffeehouses, bistros, restaurant, bars etc.
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