A summer guide to Beijing exhibitions

Updated 2018-07-18 10:55:02

A poster for The unspeakable openness of things. [Photo/redbrickartmuseum.com]

In the scorching days of summer, it is better to go to exhibitions to cool yourself off and get in touch with your inner self through the arts than to stay outside roasting in the high temperatures. Here's your guide to exhibitions in Beijing during the dog days of summer.

1.Red Brick Art Museum

Olafur Eliasson: The unspeakable openness of things

This extensive exhibit comprises an array of large-scale immersive installations, sculptures and works on paper by Olafur Eliasson, and encompasses the museum's eight exhibition halls, its garden and the Round Hall. Each space in the exhibition conjures a discrete environment dedicated to a specific phenomenon, such as light, fog, shadow, water, geometry and movement. The simple, yet effective experimental setups address topics that have been important to Eliasson throughout his career.

Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967, Iceland, Denmark) is a visual artist who works in a wide range of media, including installation, painting, sculpture, photography and film.Since 1997, his critically acclaimed solo shows have appeared in major museums around the world.

If you goMar 24 - Aug 12Ticket 160 yuan ()The Exhibition Hall opening time: Summer: May 1 to Sep 30Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00(Last entry at 17:30)Winter: Oct 1 to April 30Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 - 17:30(Last entry at 17:00)Hegezhuang village, Cuigezhuang Town, Chaoyang District, Beijing

A poster of Bright moon shines through the pine trees - pine trees in Chinese ancient paintings. [Photo/cfbond.com]

2.Song Art Museum

Bright moon shines through the pine trees - pine trees in Chinese ancient paintings

The exhibition emphasizes ancient Oriental elements while staying very much in tune with the atmosphere of the museum, where 199 pine trees have been planted. 46 paintings exhibited in the museum have different styles from the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, representing both famous painters and hermit masters unfamiliar to people. Through different perspectives and expressions of "pine trees", the exhibition reflects the special feelings of Chinese people about pine trees and their important status in history.

If you go April 28 - July 29Ticket 180 yuan()Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00(Last entry at 16:30)Gelasi Road, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District, Beijing

A design sketch of Interstellar Stroll. [Photo/namoc.org]

3.The National Art Museum of China

Interstellar Stroll - Exhibition of Zhao Xu’s Works

Zhao Xu shows a grand spiritual field to the viewers with a series of works with a "cosmic interstellar" theme. He injects his spiritual beliefs into these works and lays out overlapping, blurred, indescribable visions for viewers. The grand images convey the sound of chanting. We can almost hear the creators hesitating or indulging in love of the canvas. These works, originating from inner flows, are mirror images of the mind, illuminated by the stars. The vastness of the universe endows him with an inextricable feeling of homesickness. Looking up at the stars, the night sky blooms with deities, creating a transcendental dimension of art. Zhao Xu, acting as the shepherd, straddles the border between form and color.

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