Songzhuang Art Gallery
Beijing is an art lover’s bliss. The city has found a release for its coy nature in form of some discerning art. The well-elucidated colorful strokes of every painting upgrade this otherwise grey capital. Art and history are two things that are well cherished in Beijing. A city with such historical charm has managed to attract many artists. The growing artist colonies stay proof to this. Songzhuang art colony is a classic example. Street art as a culture is taking root in Beijing, though slowly and restrictively. I say restrictively because every district here is home to a limited number of artists.
Songzhuang Art Community
I then went to Songzhuang art colony which is I have a complete bias for. It is located in Tongzhou District and is the most famous and biggest artist community in Beijing. Painters, sculptors, performing artists, musicians, composers, writers, photographers, name it and you will meet them all in this single colony. It is in true sense home to about thousand artists. It used to be a laid back quite town but has today managed to emerge as the most sought after centre in China’s contemporary art scene. A tranquil place where all dreamers live next to each other! If you are looking for an environment blessed for deep inner contemplation then Songzhuang is what you are looking for. It is the best place to meet the artists, learn some of their struggles and stories of great achievements. You can begin your trip with a visit to the Artists Reception Center on Xiaopu Jie at the village square or to the Songzhuang Art Museum off Xiaopu Jie in northern Songzhuang.