Platform China serves as a dynamic exhibition space that showcases experimental work, cutting-edge art forms, new media, and installation art. Founded in 2005, Platform China has since established five international residency studios, encouraging an open exchange between Chinese and international artists through shows, events, publications, and art projects. Platform China retains its mission to discover and promote new Chinese talent, providing a much-needed platform for experimentation and development. In 2012, a new space was opened in Hong Kong.
Located up a quiet road in the vibrant Caochangdi art district, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre is Beijing’s premiere photography venue and the first of its kind in China to be exclusively dedicated to contemporary photography and video art practices. Launched in 2007 by a husband-and-wife duo who are photographers by trade, the center hosts landmark exhibitions by a selection of talented Chinese and international photographers. The complex, which was designed by acclaimed contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, features 880 square-meters of gallery space, a library, café, darkrooms, production studios, and spaces for workshops and artists-in-residence. The main center operates as a non-profit organization, but their +3 Gallery branch serves as their commercial venture.
Launched in 2004, Beijing Art Now Gallery is located inside the former Beijing Workers’ Stadium. In 2007, the gallery opened a second location in Shanghai’s M50 art district. The gallery’s primary mission is to support Chinese contemporary art in China, and to preserve it within the context of a global art history. To that end, BANG has collaborated with institutions from France, Germany, and Japan, amongst others, and exhibited at numerous art fairs such as Art Basel and the Bologna Art Fair. Exhibitions typically showcase the best of China’s avant-garde artists, including Zhang Fazhi, Wang Mai, and Qin Qi. Overlooking a lake, the space outside of the gallery is equally picturesque.
The Red Gate Gallery is situated atop the magnificent 16th century Dongbianmen Watchtower, occupying a prominent position in the city’s cultural landscape as one of its first private contemporary galleries. It was opened in 1991 by Australian-born Brian Wallace, who’s been involved in the city’s burgeoning art scene since his arrival as a student in the 1980s. With a world-renowned reputation for showcasing the best emerging local and international artists with up to eight solo shows per year alongside a strong residency program, Red Gate continues to shape the city’s artistic identity.