art & signs

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in Beijing

798 ART DISTRICT – 798艺术区

Named after the 798 factory which was built in 1950s, It is located in the northeast corner of the city – Dashanzi zone. I went there by bus. It is a huge area full of industrial architecture and art objects, galleries, art studios, cultural companies, fashion shops etc. . It’s full of ‘gift shops’ but if you enter in some of these buildings you will find nice gallery spaces, wood workshops or Chinese tea culture shops. Everything is a bit hidden, so take an afternoon to discover the area, there are lots of cafés to have a break.
The architectural style, featuring simple design and varied composition, follows the Bauhaus way. Walk around – have a look at Chinese Art Scene surrounded by German architecture.


check out their website for upcoming exhibitions


I’m in a bookstore, recommended by Ting. People come here to read or to sleep. Nothing is translated. I see myself wandering between the shelves, curious what’s behind every book cover – simplicity of signs – and then a quick check if there are pictures hidden. I get a bit disappointed that I can’t read Chinese. Everything looks designed – lines in a sensible order – meaning something that I can’t understand, not even guess.

3500 signs contains the ‚basic‘ Chinese, but this is not enough if you want to read the newspaper, you need to know more.


I bought me a small poetry book by Dunya Mikhail – iraq-american poet

– one of my favorites –

The Theory of Absence

The hypothesis: I am tense and so are you.
We neither meet nor separate.
The desired result: We meet in the absence.
The proof: As tension turns people into arcs, we are two arcs.

We neither meet nor separate so we must be parallel.
If two parallel lines are bisected by a third line
(in this case, the line of tension)
their corresponding angles must be equal.
So we are congruent
(because shapes are congruent when their angles are equal)

and we form a circle (since the sum of two congruent arcs is a circle).
Therefore, we meet in the absence
(since the circumference of a circle is the sum of contiguous points which can each be considered a point of contact).


It is national art museum of plastic arts dedicated to collection, research and exhibitions of modern and contemporary artistic works in China.
During my stay in Beijing I visited the exhibition below

Through the Eyes of History: A Hard Journey to Peace
Art Exhibition in Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of Victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War
Here are some art works …

Jiang Feng

JIANG FENG – Defending Our Hometown

dai daquan

DAI DAQUAN – Weightier than Mount Tai

il qun

LI QUN – Chairman Mao

cheng zhiyong
The Memory of the War of Resistence

Further Projects