The best exhibitions in Beijing this April

The best exhibitions and art events in Beijing this April

Our pick of the best art events and exhibitions happening in Beijing this April. Some are on all month, while some are one-off events, so make sure you don't miss your chance to see some of the most talented names in contemporary art while they're showing in the capital.

Events disappear from this page as they pass, so if you're looking at a sparse page you missed the boat [sad face]. But come back next month for another glut of events to keep you entertained.

Chen Yujun: Solo Exhibition

Critics' pick

This solo exhibition of Chen Yujun's latest work is an important showcase of his last ten years of work, featuring paintings, woodcuts, collages and installations. Held across both of the gallery's spaces, the exhibition provides viewers an insight into cultural, social, religious and natural perspectives documented in Chen's work.

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Tang Contemporary (唐人画廊) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday Free

National Geographic: A New Age of Exploration 2.0

Critics' pick

Covering over 130 years of the landmark magazine's stunning history, this exhibition brings to life photos taken from all corners of the earth and elaborates on the often haunting stories behind them. After doing so well the last time this exhibition was in town, it returns again with over 100 classic Nat Geo images.

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Beijing World Art Museum (中华世纪坛世界艺术馆) , A9 Fuxing Lu Every day except Monday Buy tickets

Qiu Zhijie: Mappa Mundi

Critics' pick

With a background in calligraphy, Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie makes stunning ink maps, taking elements of traditional topographical and spatial maps and using them to explore connections between different ideas, individuals and incidents, weaving them together, and offering a possibility for understanding them in relation to each other.

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Maggi Hambling: For Beauty Is Nothing But The Beginning Of Terror

Critics' pick

Renowned British artist Maggi Hambling's career-length works are presented in this special showcase at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. From oil paintings and drawings to monotypes and more, this exhibition features pieces shown at London’s National Gallery and St Petersburg’s Hermitage. For Beauty Is Nothing But The Beginning Of Terror draws inspiration from Rainer Maria Rilke's poem Duino Elegies, like much of Hambling's work has done.

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CAFA Art Museum (中央美术学院美术馆) , 8 Hua Jia Di Nanjie Every day except Monday

Marina Abramović

Critics' pick

Marina Abramović, a Serbian performance artist who works with video, photographs, sculpture and more, has been exploring feminist and body art for over 40 years. Her pieces challenge the relationship between artist and viewer, calling for her audiences to reinterpret the possibilities and limitations of the body and mind. 

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Light Society , No.56, 12 Zhuyuan Lu Shunyi Beijing Beijing Every day except Monday Buy tickets

Richard Tuttle: Introduction To Practice

Critics' pick

Richard Tuttle: Introduction To Practice is the first museum survey in China of the work of renowned artist and poet Richard Tuttle, curated by Victor Wang. The exhibition was developed as a path, a specific journey into the visual and 'un-visual' language that constitutes Tuttle’s practice.

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M Woods (木木美术馆) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Road Every day except Monday

Stateless Existence

Critics' pick

Lan Space presents Stateless Existence, an exhibition of works from artists Duo Lanna, Zhang Kaitong and Wong Perng Fey. 'Existence' refers to the creative act undertaken by each exhibiting artist of producing a visible object, as well as the thought processes foregoing the creation of that object. Conversely, a 'stateless existence' represents the collective mode of display of the artists' works.

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Lan Space (兰空间) , Airport Service Road Every day except Monday Free

Anusman: Market Street

Critics' pick

The second solo exhibition at Tabula Rasa by independent comic artist Anusman, Market Street uses traditional ink painting to convey the nuances of everyday life on Chinese streets. As the gallery writes, 'the protagonist of all these narratives, Mr. Men is an ordinary resident of a big city. He is down-to-earth, genuine, occasionally small-minded, and doesn’t care for competitions.'

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Tabula Rasa , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday Free

Wang Xingwei: The Code of Physiognomy

Critics' pick

The Code of Physiognomy presents new works from Shenyang-born artist Wang Xingwei since his last solo exhibition in 2016. The works present a rather tongue-in-cheek look at life in China, with playful symbology and metaphors that may lead to a few gasps and muffled giggles.

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Galerie Urs Meile (麦勒画廊) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday Free

Liang Shuo: Scenery

Critics' pick

The second solo exhibition of artist Liang Shuo, Scenery is a junction between the urban and the wild. The exhibition explores our modern understanding of landscapes, juxtaposing ancient and new, time and space, ideologies and aesthetics. 

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Beijing Commune , 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday Free

Shi Guowei: A Walk in the Woods

Critics' pick

Curated by Karen Smith, Shi Guowei's A Walk in the Woods tells the story of abstract experiences and emotions. Using his very distinct and singular style, Shi recreates the world as we know it through hand-colourings of black-and-white photos. From a distance, the images are easily confused for real photographs, but closer inspection reveals Shi's meticulous devotion to re-interpreting the natural world.

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Magician Space (魔金石空间) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday Free

Leila Alaoui: Ya Rayah

Critics' pick

Late French-Moroccan artist Leila Alaoui used her photographs and videos to explore identity, diversity and migration. For the first exhibition of her works in China, Galleria Continua presents Ya Rayah. Speaking to exile, Alaoui's exhibition examines the suffering and melancholy experienced by those no longer present in their homes.

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Galleria Continua (常青画廊) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday

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