The best exhibitions in Beijing this December

The best exhibitions and art events in Beijing this December

Karen Knorr, The Queen's Room, India Song 2008-2017
Our pick of the best art events and exhibitions happening in Beijing this December. 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.

Philippe Parreno: Marilyn

Critics' pick

After transforming time and space in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall with an installation that included large flying fish, Algerian-born French artist Philippe Parreno conjures up the ghost of Marilyn Monroe in Beijing, with his 2012 film, Marilyn, recreating her life in a ‘phantasmagorical séance’. ...

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Espace Louis Vuitton , 1 Jianguomen Dajie 27 Sep - 24 Mar

Entropy

Critics' pick

Just like the dispersed and random state that is 'entropy', seven contemporary Chinese artists, each born from a different stage in China’s rapid social and economic development, come together to tell the variegated and complex experiences that together make up 'contemporary Chinese art'.

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Faurschou Foundation , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday Free

After Nature

Critics' pick

UCCA presents After Nature, the inaugural exhibition at the UCCA Dune Art Museum, the newest addition to UCCA’s growing portfolio of projects. Included are works by nine Chinese artists who span a range of generations, born between 1942 and 1988. 

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UCCA Dune , Beidaihe 13 Oct - 07 Apr

Hu Qingyan: Absent & Superfluous

Critics' pick

Since graduating from CAFA in 2010, Hu Qingyan has made a name for himself as a highly skilled sculptor and a great conceptual thinker. His explorations of intermediality push the boundaries of his chosen medium, with playful shape-shifting of form, material, texture and mass.

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

Matt Hope: Arrhythmia

Critics' pick

Arrhythmia is an architectural and sonic artwork by Beijing-based Matt Hope. Arrow Factory's rather limited physical space is made bigger by the reverberance and amplification of the ambient sounds repeated through the speaker horn placed in the wall.

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Arrow Factory (箭厂空间) , 38 Jianchang Hutong 11 Nov - 15 Jan Free

Timur Si-Qin: East, South, West, North

Critics' pick

This second solo exhibition of Timur Si-Qin's at Magician Space explores secular spirituality in the twenty-first century. Si-Qin identifies the maladaptive legacy of agricultural traditions and religion in our modern world, arguing that society needs to address the materialistic norms inherent ...

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

Cracked - Porcelain

Critics' pick

Six contemporary artists – Guan Wei, Li Xiaofeng, Ma Jun, Wang Lifeng, Zheng Dongmei and Zhou Jun – explore the contemporary deconstruction and renovation of porcelain, a medium that possesses a profound tradition in Chinese art.

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Red Gate Gallery (红门画廊) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday

Another Way of Telling

Critics' pick

Featuring over 100 works from two of the UK's leading documentary photographers, Anna Fox and Karen Knorr, Another Way of Telling shines an acerbic light on social issues of today. Combining works from various series, the exhibition uses humour and satire to reveal Britain's, and the world's, contemporary society – seeing class, gender, self-awareness and attitude norms through the two women's piercing eyes.

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Three Shadows Photography Art Centre , 155 Caochangdi Every day except Monday

The stranger… and while I blossomed all alone, the world slumbered

Critics' pick

While in residence in Switzerland, Chen lived near a forest, home to boulders transported from the mountains over thousands of years. Her photographs reflect the timelessness of nature, and as Three Shadows writes, 'Chen’s boulders exist at the edge of light: close to the lamps of the city, shaded by the forest. She captured them at dawn and at twilight, hours when the light is thin and time becomes muddled.'

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Three Shadows Photography Art Centre , 155 Caochangdi Every day except Monday

Nicolas Party: Arches

Critics' pick

Swiss Nicolas Party often takes a rather contemporary approach to traditional subjects. Using anything from pastel to video, Party imparts a very site-specific and temporal theme to all of his exhibitions, creating murals and sculptures in galleries for particular exhibitions. Now at M Woods, ...

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

John Monteith: In This Moment

Critics' pick

This December and January, I: project space hosts the latest solo exhibition of John Monteith, a Canadian artist who will display his photograph works In This Moment. Monteith is also a resident in the research project Beijing22 – a project that seeks to investigate the dynamics of Beijing's urban space in the lead up to Beijing's Olympic Games in 2022.

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I: project space , 10 Banqiao Hutong 07 Dec - 15 Jan

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