Caochangdi as alternative art district in Beijing

CHINA As Beijing’s art district 798 struggles against cultural demolition, Meg Maggio, who has been working in China as a curator and art writer for 20 years, said she decided not to set up her Pekin Fine Arts gallery in 798 because of the rents and its changing face.

“It is starting to feel like a shopping mall when I get over there,” said the American, who set up her gallery in the nearby Caochangdi village which has established itself up as another creative hub.”It (Caochangdi) does not feel like a tourist destination, when more and more of 798 is looking like a retail outlet or a space for corporate functions,” she said.

AFP via Yahoo! News – May 31 7:39 PM

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