Founded by Ms. Weng Ling, a leading curator of integrative arts, IDEAS has its headquarters at 1 Jade River, a traditional courtyard house in Beijing’s Houhai neighborhood.
Rooted in the belief that creative interdisciplinary collaboration can connect us to an ideal future – we pursuit this through a practice of integrating art, design, science and other creative disciplines.
We believe in the human potential, and am committed to creating sustainable solutions for urban, social and natural environments, promoting positive social progress.
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.
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.