Big in Beijing

By Carla Rapoport December 8, 2017

Exciting news: ‘Lumen Matrix’, Lumen’s third show in China, has attracted more than 2,000 visitors in its first two weeks at Today Art Museum in Beijing with a stunning group of Lumen Prize winners and shortlisted works on display, including this year’s Gold Prize Winner, ‘Plastic Reflectic’, by Thijs Biersteker of the Netherlands.

But we’re not surprised the show is a hit. Organiser and exhibition coordinator of the show is Gigi Guan, who started with Lumen as a University of Arts London graduate student for Lumen’s 2014 London show at Chelsea College of Arts’ Triangle Gallery. Gigi graduated in 2016 and is now the proud owner of her own Shanghai-based arts company. She has brought together an incredibly impressive roster of academic, commercial and government backing for this show, led by the gracious Today Art Museum, founded in 2002 by Zhang Baoquan, chief executive of Jindian Group,  a leading Chinese property company, and its director, Alex Gao.

The first floor of the building, which is tucked into the uber-cool Beijing 22 International Art Plaza, is the perfect place for the 2017 Lumen Prize works. The show includes 10 prize winners, five shortlisted works, two works from 2016 Lumen Prize shortlisted artists (including ‘O.T. 923’ by Stefan Reiss, pictured above) and a stunning installation, ‘Danae’, from our Russian partners, Cyland.

Our partners for this show included the Embassy of the Netherlands, the British Council in China, China Academy of Art, the digital frame group, Meural, Puti Communications among others.  Grateful thanks for all those who made it happen. The show is on until January 7, so if you are anywhere near Beijing – don’t miss it!

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