Beijing Today Art Museum was founded by Mr.Zhang Baoquan in 2002. The museum aims to promote Chinese contemporary art based on an internationalized vision and a contemporary ideology. As the first non-for-profit, non-governmental run art museum in China, it dedicates to explore an appropriate development strategy for museums of its kind within a Chinese context.
The Second Academic Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Prints that was on view for the last day impressed me with the variety of prints, I was very excited to find even etchings and lithographs by different artists. Large scale woodblocks prints on the 1st floor were just so big that it confused me, cause I could not imagine how to work with such a big size.
Here is a list of Artist: Fang Lijun, Xu Bing, Liu Ye, Zhuang Hui& Dan’er, Zhang Qikai, Yan Jun, Wu Jian’an, Chen Xiaowen, Chen Qi, Liu Liping, Wang Yiqiong, Xu Baozhong, Kong Guoqiao, Yang Hongwei, Jiang Miao, Huang Jingyuan, Huang Yang, Shi Xinji, Kou Jianghui, Guo Leilei, Wang Haiyang, Zhou Danmei, Yang Yumin, Xue Guangchen. Great stuff.
Behind the museum there were many small galleries, photo studios and design offices. I was trying to find an art store to buy some paper, brush and ink. I asked someone and he said I should go under the ground. What? Yeah go under the ground, there you may find something. So I went and found such a big place! a lot of studios, some galleries, but no art store. After having a failure conversation with people down there I continued wondering around and was given some old rice paper by a gallery, for free. I was very happy, I found a brush and a little bottle of ink and went to the Temple of the Sky Park.