Art Comes to Beijing

Hosted by SURGE Art, “嘭!Out of the Box!” is an exciting art exhibition that will be displaying the works of over forty young contemporary Chinese artists at Red Gate Gallery starting this Saturday, September 19 through September 27th.

“With these selected artists all part of the post 80’s ‘Me’ generation, they have grown up in the age of the information super highway, mobile phones and digital media. Not constrained by dogma, their refreshing works are full of fantasy, imagination and creative style.”

Out of the Box Artists

嘭!Out of the Box!” Exhibition artists include:

Bao Xiaoyu, Chen Baohong, Chen Haichao, Chen Haijun, Chen Linggang, Cui Dezheng, Cui Yanbin, Dai Dandan, Ding Hao, Dong Chunhong, Du Wei, Fang Shang, Gai Jinger, Han Xing, Han Yuliang, Jiang Long, Li Bolin, Li Jinguo, Liu Aijing, Lu Yan, Ouyang Sulong, Ren Min, Shi Guangwei, Sun Ziyao, Tian Xiaolei, Wang Dake, Wang Ji, Wang Lang, Wang Xin, Wang Yijian, Wang Yongxue, Wei Xiaotian, Wu Dandan, Xia Ge, Yang Yue, Sun Yan, Yao Yi, Yi Meng, Zha Songgang, Zhang Liping, Zhang Yu

With the opening launch party taking place this Saturday, September 19th, expect to explore amazing visuals, interactive art and supposedly there will be bubbles too! With sponsors like The Wine Republic, Gung Ho! Pizza and Arabica Roasters, expect to be sipping on some delightful wine, crafty pizza and fantastic coffee.

Though SURGE Art’s previous gallery was in Dongzhimen’s modern MOMA complex, I was delighted to hear that they have since joined forces with the team behind Red Gate Gallery and have moved their headquarters to the historic, and majestic Dongbianmen Watchtower.

Red Gate Gallery

Founded in 1991 by Brian Wallace who first arrived in China in 1984, Red Gate Gallery is the first private contemporary art gallery to be established in China. Prior to opening its doors at the 600-year old Ming dynasty watchtower in Dongbianmen, Brian Wallace has started from the late 80s to organize and curate exhibitions for young Chinese artists in other exotic locations such as the Ancient Observatory.

Red Gate gallery represents 20 artists who work with various medium, reflecting the dynamic and ever-evolving local art scene. With monthly exhibitions, the gallery showcases painting, works-on-paper, graphics, sculpture, photography and installation by both established artists and emerging talents. The gallery also holds regular special exhibitions in collaboration with guest curators and galleries from China. In addition, Red Gate gives art talks for various organizations and holds charity events and various functions as part of the gallery’s aim to cultivate interest and appreciation for Chinese contemporary art on the whole.

“嘭!Out of the Box!” Exhibition Details:

  • Grand Opening: 12 – 5 pm, Saturday, September 19, 2015  (Special Performance: 3 pm)
  • Purchase Pick-up Party: 12 – 5 pm, Saturday, September 26, 2015
  • Exhibition Dates: September 19 – 27, 2015
  • Gallery Address: Dongbianmen Watchtower, 9 Chongwenmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing
  • Chinese Address: 北京市崇文门东大街, 东便门角楼一层&四层
  • Opening Hours: Open Daily between 9AM – 5 PM
  • Contact: George Michell, +86 1551 0787 768,
  • Website:

About Kristen

Kristen Lum has an accomplished background in PR, communications and events in China. Born and raised in California, Kristen has been based in Beijing since 2006 and is founder of the lifestyle  blog called LumDimSum, covering mostly restaurant news and reviews alongside upcoming events around town that relate to Beijing’s muti-faceted, quickly-developing creative industries like art, music, film, health and fitness, fashion, nightlife, charity events, and travel tips.

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