Why is Guardian Art Center so special?
Located at No.1 Wangfujing Street, Guardian Art Center neighbors the Forbidden City and commenced operation in October 2017.
The 56,000-square meters space incorporates functions such as art fair & exhibition, auction, education, bookstore and hotel. The building allows for maximum flexibility and versatility: the long-span, columnfree space on the ground floor functions as a professional exhibition hall while the two major multifunction halls in the basement cater to multiple uses from exhibition and auction to banquet. Besides, the exhibition hall on the second floor adds more diversity to this dynamic arts center.
Helmed by world-renowned German architect Ole Scheeren, the Guardian Art Center’s design principles adopt a contemporary perspective to incorporate and iterate history and tradition. The cube on the top of the structure is the PuXuan Hotel and Spa. The floating and revealing glass exterior gives a nod to the grid-like layout of hutong alleys and their constitutive siheyuan quadrangle courtyards that are signatures of Beijing. The circular “pixel” at the bottom of the building is an ingenious projection of the world-famous Chinese landscape painting Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains.
What to see at the Guardian Art Center?
Guardian Fine Art Asia
The annual Guardian Fine Art Asia(GFAA) is organized by Guardian Art Center and Fine Art Asia--It relies on the powerful customer resources of founders and partners to build an art trading service platform for exhibitors and collectors. After years of operation and development, GFAA has undoubtedly become one of the most important art events in Beijing.
Guardian Art Exhibitions
The basement, first floor and second floor of the Guardian Art Center have nearly 5,000 square meters of exhibition and auction space. Most of the cultural relics and art exhibitions are public welfare. Open from about 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., there are professional staff at major exhibition halls, providing visitors with intimate service to enjoy cultural relics and artworks. In addition to these, some thematic exhibitions are held here from time to time. From 22 July to 30 October, there are three exhibitions at Guardian Art Center: ARMS AND ARMOUR OF THE QING DYNASTY IN THE PALACE MUSEUM COLLECTION, KENGO KUMA’S ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN EXHIBITION, TIMELESS MUCHA--THE MAGIC OF LINE, presenting the audience with an artistic feast covering the treasures of the Forbidden City's armed relics, classic works of Art Nouveau giants and the experience exhibition of internationally renowned architectural designers.