Adhering to the core concept of “Art is another power to change society”, under the helm of founder Ms. Weng Ling, Beijing Center for the Arts is committed to the continuous exploration and practice of “Art into Chinese society, urban and environmental development”. Since its establishment in 2008, we have been gathering people of insight who are active in the forefront of various fields in the world to provide useful guides and references in diverse fields for a better society.
Weng Ling, Art curator, founder of Beijing Center for the Arts (BCA) and Arts China Union. One of the earliest and the most important promoters of Chinese contemporary art, Weng Ling has devoted herself to integrating contemporary art into development of urban, social and environmental context for many years. She is one of first mover in advocating art leading urban change, and an expert and important practitioner in promoting cross-border collaboration in the fields of art, science, environmental protection, design and others.
Weng Ling graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, major in Art History. She is a pioneer in China dedicated herself to building up independent artistic and cultural space in the heart of the city. Since 1990s, she has been director of Central Academy of Fine Arts Gallery (CAFA Gallery), founder and director of Shanghai Gallery of Art (SGA) at Three on the Bund and founder and director of Beijing Center for the Arts, Ch’ien Men 23 (now relocated to No.1 Jade River). During this period, she had promoted a generation of contemporary Chinese artists, such as Zhang Xiaogang, Zhou Chunya, Gu Dexin, Xu Bing, Tan Dun, Liu Wei, Zeng Fanzhi, Lin Tianmiao, Yan Peiming and Ye Yongqing, to a wider range of worldwide audiences. She continues to analyze and research the academic value of Chinese contemporary art with adherence to the concept that art is the core to stimulate innovation and a power to lead social changes. At these art spaces, Weng Ling has consistently introduced the best contemporary art creation of China as well as those of the world. The spaces has witnessed the sparkle of Avant-Garde thoughts.
In 2010, Weng Ling initiated, hosted and lead the production of China’s first high-end cross-border art and culture interview program Arts China, interviewing well-known figures in contemporary visual arts, architecture, design, music, dance and other fields, leaving valuable first-hand document in the literary and artistic circles. In 2014, Weng Ling established the “Arts China Union” in Hong Kong, gathering people of insight who are active in the forefront of various fields in China and the world. They used pioneer concepts and professional projects to promote social and urban change, inspire new artistic thinking, and stimulate cross-border innovation in arts and humanities, environmental protection, science and technology, public welfare and other fields, so as to bring reference in different fields for the change to a better society.
Beginning in 2014, BCA was relocated to No. 1 Jade River, which is in the center of Beijing’s old city. Weng Ling founded and presided over the Jade River Talk, and took it as the birthplace of innovative think-tank. She has assimilated people of insight from various fields with pioneer ideas and cross-border thinking to the dialogue. Through in-depth cooperation with the government and enterprises, she works with leaders from various fronts to be deeply engaged in the urban development, upgrading and sustainable ecological construction. They have managed to build up a comprehensive practice platform, starting from research and investigation, conceptual construction, to project landing and operation. The key projects in urban core areas include Qianmen East District “Grind Field” project etc.
Add: Jade River No.1, Ping’an Street, Dongcheng, Beijing
Located in No.1 Jade River in the heart of Beijing, The Georg, in the same courtyard with Beijing Center for the Arts, is a lifestyle space that combines art, design and food. The Georg is designed by master designer, Peter Bundgaard, who is keen on details and created a perfect, cozy, flowing space. With a selection of the most fresh ingredients from different origins, The Georg updates its seasonal menus and provides a “casual Nordic fine-dining” services for the guests. The Georg includes a spacious atrium with natural sunlight, a cozy lounge, bar and café. Inspired by living room and surrounded by art, the Georg creates a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for all the guests. Besides, the outdoor courtyard is perfect for casual business meetings as well as party moments. In addition to dining and leisure, the guests can also appreciate contemporary art from all over the world.