798 Art Zone in Beijing

“The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.” —Hendrik Willen Van Loon

If you find yourself in Beijing with an extra day go visit the 798 Art Zone, located in Dashanzi Art District (original 798 Factory), the heart of a growing art and culture community. I spent two full days here.

Today, the market for Chinese art, both antique and contemporary, is widely reported to be among the fastest-growing in the world. Chinese artists have a great deal to say, and much of it is strong (and often visceral) commentary on Chinese politics and culture.

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