Want to explore the culture of Western African nations without leaving the city? Or ever wondered how creativity in media communications is depicted? That and more family-friendly art offerings are on display in Beijing’s creative spaces this winter.
“Another Way of Telling”, until Jan 6
As the exhibition program puts it, “In their work, acerbic wit is brought to sharp social commentary on subjects that are seen through two highly individual perspectives that wrap in a warm dose of humor the photographers’ penetrating insight into the issues of our times. The exhibition includes selections from representative themes in each of their bodies of work.”
10am-6pm Tue-Sun until Jan 6; RMB 60 at the gate, RMB 50 for booking online (need to be one day in advance), RMB 35 for students, free for children under 12. Three Shadows (155A Caochangdi, Chaoyang District) 三影堂 (朝阳区草场地155号A; 6432 2663).
“The Tree of Life”—Exhibition of African Wooden Carvings, until Jan 21
This exhibition features nearly 100 wood carvings gathered by the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) from Tanzania, Mozambique, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Ghana, Kenya and Congo. Created by various artists, these carvings, including masks and portraits which are the product of local ritual traditions, give a meaningful insight into the culture of those areas.
Free; 9am-5pm until Jan 21; Hall 19-21 NAMOC (No.1 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District)中国美术馆 (东城区五四大街1号)
Niki de Saint Phalle and Her Wonderland, until Mar 10, 2019
It’s the very first time that China has hosted a retrospective exhibition of Niki de Saint Phalle, one of the most legendary female artists of the 20th century, who is especially famous for her unique creativity in the area of media communication. This exhibition presents Saint Phalle’s works from her early years in the 1960s to later creations in painting, sculpture, and performing and video art.
Free; 10am-6pm; Today Art Museum (Building 4, Pingod Community, No.32 Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang District) 今日美术馆 (朝阳区百子湾路32号)
“Nicolas Party: Arches”, until Feb 24, 2019
M Woods plays host to this Swiss artist best known for his deft use of a variety of media; whether using paint, pastel, sculpture, or video, Party creates “carnivalesque” and haunting pieces that are built around site-specific structures and murals that exist once and once only before they are torn down and scrapped forever.
RMB 60 (RMB 50 for students); 11am-6pm Tue-Sun; M Woods (D-06, 798 Art Zone, No. 2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District) 木木美术馆 (朝阳区酒仙桥路798艺术区D-06).