Event Details

NOTE: This event's date has changed to Dec. 23, Friday, and the time adjusted because its a weekday; doors open at 6 PM Beijing Time.

WHAT: The creation and survival of Beijing's 798 Art district will be an in-person discussion and dinner featuring artist Huang Rui, the backbone behind the 798 Art District, and Bérénice Angremy, curator and former director of the 798 Dashanzi Art Festival. It will be moderated by Brian Wallace, founder of Beijing's Red Gate gallery and a prominent member of the 798 community.

WHEN: Friday December 23, 2022. Doors open at 6:00 pm. The talk and Q&A will be from 6:30 - 7:45 PM. Buffet dinner begins at 7:45 PM.

WHERE: "At Café", Beijing 751 Art Zone, No.4, Jiuxianqiao Road (Southeast Corner), Chaoyang district, Beijing. 地址:北京市朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区 爱特咖啡 AtCafe tel: 59879942 - 13910819481. Registrants will be sent a location pin closer to the event.

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: In the early 2000s, the 798 Art District was an obsolete factory compound built during the Maoist years and designed in the Bauhaus style by East German architects. It was doomed to be demolished and replaced by modern skyscrapers. But a group of artists with international ties managed to save it from destruction; it escaped the notorious 拆 (chāi, meaning demolition). What at the time seemed like a crazy bet, has become the symbol of the effervescence of Chinese art. Looking back to the pivotal years that allowed the existence and sustainability of the 798 Art District, we will also look at the extraordinary turn that contemporary art has taken in China as well as its deep roots in Chinese society. The talk will be illustrated with rarely seen historical photos.

HOW MUCH: RMB 250 for RASBJ members and members of partner RAS branches; RMB 350 for non-members. This includes a full western buffet dinner plus two glasses of wine. Numbers will be limited, please register and pay no later than 21th of December. If you wish to join the RASBJ to attend this event, please sign up for membership at https://rasbj.org/membership/​ at least 72 hours before the event.

HOW TO JOIN THE EVENT: Please click "Register" or "I Will Attend" and follow the instructions. After successful registration you'll receive a confirmation email. If you seem not to have received it, please check your spam folder. Regarding payment by WeChat or Alipay: If you encounter difficulties with WeChat Pay, you may wish to try Alipay instead.

NOTE: If you registered for this event when it was scheduled for Dec. 17, your registration has been automatically applied to the Dec. 23 date; if you cannot attend on Dec. 23 you'll receive a full refund if you remail your refund requestion to peterhogg@hoggcbc.com

As we all know, the abrupt reversal of anti-Covid regulations has created some unpredictability. This may lead to last-minute schedule changes. If government policies or restrictions result in postponement or cancellation of this event, registrants will be refunded in full. If a registrant decides not to attend the event for individual reasons, registration fees become non-refundable 48 hours before the event.

At the moment, the venue requires no PCR test. However RASBJ requests that attendees take appropriate responsibilities for themselves and others to minimize risks of contagion. Thanks for your understanding!


  • Huang Rui (Speaker)

    Huang Rui



    An original founder in 1979 of the avant-garde art group “Stars”, he is considered one of the initiators of China’s contemporary art movement. After spending 14 years in Japan, in the early 2000s Huang Rui returned to Beijing and became one of the main advocates of the 798 Art District, now the symbol of the success of contemporary art in China.

    Over the years, his pieces have taken many forms, from painting to sculpture, installation and performance. Most of them are characterized by a spirit of rebelliousness and an interest in exploring how the human condition faces the walls of authority. One of his constant sources of inspiration is the Yi-Jing (Book of Changes).

    He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in important institutions such as the UCCA and OCAT museums (Beijing), Jupiter and He Xiangning museums (Shenzhen), Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Rencontres de la Photographie d'Arles (Arles) and the Osaka Contemporary Art Center (Osaka). He is represented by the SPURS Gallery (Beijing). He lives and works in Beijing.

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  • Bérénice Angremy (Speaker)

    Bérénice Angremy



    An art historian trained at the École du Louvre, Bérénice Angremy was born in France but has lived and worked in China for 20 years and has contributed to two pioneering art events in the local scene: the 798 Dashanzi International Art Festival (DIAF, 2004-2007) with artist Huang Rui, and Caochangdi PhotoSpring – Arles in Beijing festival (2010-2012) with photographers Rong Rong and Inri.

    She was Cultural Attaché at the French Embassy in China (2013-2017), co-director of the artistic agency Thinking Hands (2004-2012) and curator of exhibitions such as the Chinese program of the Rencontres d’Arles in 2007, “Action” (Denmark Louisiana, 2007), ”Dior and the Chinese artists” (UCCA, 2008), ”Revolutionary Times: Chris Marker” (Star Beijing, 2012), and more recently “Huang Rui: Above Purple and Gold” (2021), “ReBirth” (Choi Cultural Center, 2022). She also co-curated in France several exhibitions on Chinese art and photography such as “The Stars. Pioneers of contemporary art in China” (Paris, 2019), “Luo Yang : Of every genre” (Photo Saint Germain, 2021), “Lei Lei. Romance in Lushan Cinema” (Les Rencontres d’Arles and Jimei x Arles, 2019) etc.

    In 2017 she co-founded Doors, a curation, production and promotion agency for artistic projects. She lives and works in Beijing.

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  • Brian Wallace (Moderator)

    Brian Wallace



    Australian Brian Wallace first back-packed around China in 1984 and came back for language studies from 1985.

    While at uni, his Chinese friends were artists and with them he started organising exhibitions at the Ancient Observatory and other places from 1988. In 1991 he opened Red Gate Gallery in the Dongbianmen Tower.

    His connection to 798 started in 2006 - 2008 with a satellite gallery space, and since 2017 by locating the main gallery at its current location in 798.

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At Café

At Café, Beijing 751 Art Zone, No.4, Jiuxianqiao Road (Southeast Corner), Chaoyang district. 地址:北京市朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区 爱特咖啡 atcafe
Beijing, China

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