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Red Brick Art Museum in Beijing

By Zhiyu Wang

December 19

The Red Brick Art Museum in Beijing, famous for its novel design, is an ideal spot for you to enjoy contemporary art.

The Red Brick Art Museum in Beijing, famous for its novel design, is an ideal spot for you to enjoy contemporary art.

Red Brick Art Museum is a folk-based museum that was founded by the collectors Yan Shijie and Cao Mei in 2012. It is located in No.1 International Art District in the northeast of Beijing. As the landmark of this region, the facilities of Red Brick cover a total area of 20,000 square meters, with nearly 10,000 square meters exhibition space.

The entrance of the Red Brick Art Museum [Image Credit: Liu Lingyu for China.org.cn]
Opened on May 23, 2014, the architectural design of the museum was conducted by Professor Dong Yugan of Architecture Research Center of Peking University. Using red bricks as the basic architectural element, Professor Dong maintained the integrity of each brick and created a suburban-based, garden-owning contemporary art museum.

The hall of Red Brick Art Museum [Image Credit: Liu Lingyu for China.org.cn]
The main building of Red Brick Art Museum includes two full stories on the ground level with nine exhibition spaces, two public recreational spaces, one lecture hall, and one art derivatives space, along with a dining room, cafe and club. The basement of the building is home to a projection room.

A corner in the first floor [Image Credit: Liu Lingyu for China.org.cn]
The landscape featuring a courtyard designed and built after Chinese Garden scenic conception is also a highlight of the Red Brick.

An exhibition room for modern art [Image Credit: Liu Lingyu for China.org.cn]
Since opening to the public, many visitors come to enjoy the modern art collections and fans of photography favor the unique red brick building. “Besides the art exhibition, the building itself is art!” said Adam, an American photographer.

Red Brick Art Museum in Beijing
Gift shop [Image Credit: Liu Lingyu for China.org.cn]
Through a series of orderly and high-quality exhibitions along with collections, research, education, publications and public activities, Red Brick Art Museum is not only dedicated to boosting the development of Chinese contemporary art, but also participates in the international contemporary artists’ programs communication. A group of works from renowned artists including Christain Lemmerz,Olafur Eliasson,Michael Kvium and Tony Oursler are exhibited here.

Best time to visit: March-June

Entry: 40 yuan/person, free the first Thursday of each month.

Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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