“Art brings some changes to people’s minds and thoughts and can bring Chinese people some new visual ideas,” affirmed Lena Liu, the administration manager at Faurschou Foundation. “Many people [here] still have a limited field of vision, so they don’t always understand foreign art. We have introduced some excellent foreign artists to Chinese people to broaden their horizons.”
Faurschou Foundation opened its doors in Beijing in 2007, and since has played a key role in solidifying the 798 Art District’s reputation. Its predecessor, Galleri Faurschou in Copenhagen, has set the standards high for its next of kin, continuing its aim to exhibit and promote art of the highest international caliber.
The 798 area was once a German-designed factory complex which fell into disuse. Artists took advantage of the industrial vacuum left behind, eventually transforming it into China’s art center. Faurschou Foundation is one of the buildings that has kept much of the building’s original design, paying homage to the history of the area, while re-conceptualizing what it can be. With an area of 1000 square meters, Faurschou is one of the best spaces in 798 today, able to exhibit large scale works and series.
Faurschou opened by impressively holding a solo exhibit for National Medal of Arts winner Robert Rauschenberg, whose surprising combinations of unusual objects with painting and prints have been studied by art students around the world. Household name artists such as Andy Warhol and Picasso have also been exhibited at Faurschou creating undeniable pull.
One particular highlight of Faurschou Foundation was an exhibition for video artist Tony Oursler. His projections onto spheres, dolls and sculptural shapes induced viewers to laugh, scratch their heads, and even squirm with discomfort. It was a curatorial success to see the gallery transformed into a dreamscape plotted with never before seen curiosities.
Although international art is Faurschou’s focus, it also proudly showcases some of the best Chinese art. Artists such as Liu Wei have both recently had works shown. Liu’s large model of Tibet’s Potala Palace, was also a notable piece. Made up of ox hides stitched together and suspended from the ceiling, it was both a technical feat and a curious work of beauty.
By hosting works by such internationally acclaimed artists, Faurschou’s reputation became tangible. And Faurschou has used its pull not only to showcase artists of high repute, but also to provide access to up-and-coming artists, both international and Chinese.
“Faurschou focuses on the art. It is not a commercial gallery. Many galleries in China just focus on sales and money… It’s necessary to take profit into consideration, but we should also be forward-looking.”
Address: 798 Art District, No. 2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District