Art in Beijing, China: These independent studios, galleries, and museums are redefining the city's historic districts
You would never expect to discover an independent art gallery within a former government compound, but that's exactly where you'll find not one but two of founder Peng Xiaoyang's alternative spaces. The Bunker takes the form of a blacked-out underground basement in the Duan Qirui Former Government Building while apartment-turned-residency DRC No. 12 is situated within Sanlitun's Diplomatic Residence Compound building.
When I visited, The Bunker was exhibiting Chinese artist Zhou Yan's 'No Quarter', which involved rigging the entire space into a LAN shop. Visitors were tasked with playing a custom version of the first-person shooter game Counterstrike with the goal of taking out General Yasuji Okamura, the infamous wartime occupant of The Bunker.
The Bunker isn't the only art space pushing the boundaries of art appreciation in the city, though. I've rounded up the hottest independent studios, galleries, and museums that are worth a visit in the gallery above.
Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, cafamuseum.org
Wyoming Project, wyomingproject.net
798 Art Zone, mafengwo.cn
M Woods, mwoods.org
Special thanks to Ami Tsou of The Opposite House.