The best exhibitions in Beijing this January

The best exhibitions and art events in Beijing this January

Our pick of the best art events and exhibitions happening in Beijing this January. 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.

Beyond Time: In memory of Audrey Hepburn

Critics' pick

Hosted over two floors, the exhibition celebrates the life and beauty of Audrey Hepburn. From the Hollywood halls of fame to humanitarian work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Audrey's life was a colourful, stunning and inspiring one. Check out the exhibition now, brought to Beijing by Shanghai Calanstar Culture Co., and walk through a time-tunnel of tribute alongside portraits, memorabilia and replicas of important items in her life.

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Chaoyang Joy City , 101 Chaoyang Bei Lu 12 Dec - 20 Feb Free

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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Greetings from South Korea

Critics' pick

Featuring work from more than ten Korean photographers, Greetings from South Korea presents a multi-faceted perspective of South Korean photography through the ages. Consisting of three parts, this exhibition explores South Korean society during the mid-20th century, artistic influences from the West and contemporary photography from today's youth.

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

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

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

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

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