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M Woods, Beijing. Photo: Xia Zhi.

Beijing’s M Woods Art Museum to Open Second Location

M Woods, the private contemporary art museum housed in a former munitions factory in Beijing’s 798 Art District, is opening a second space in the Longfusi Development on Qianliang Hutong in the city’s Dongcheng District in August, the Art Newspaper reports. Renovated by architect Shuhei Aoyama and B.L.U.E. Studio, the new four-story venue will boast more than forty thousand square feet. Exhibitions of work by David Hockney, organized with the Tate, and Austin Lee will inaugurate the space.

Collectors Lin Han, Wanwan Lei, and Michael Xufu Huang founded M Woods in 2014. In a 2018 interview, Xufu Huang said: “We all felt very strongly about creating a museum that could appeal to younger audiences in Beijing, and we set out to create an international platform entirely different from those we’ve seen in Beijing for years.” According to the institution’s website, a core principle of its program and collection is the belief that all art should be “F.A.T.”: free, alchemical, and timeless.

Among the artists whose work is in its collection are Lucas Arruda, Kader Attia, Darja Bajagić, George Condo, Tracey Emin, Gao Yu, Han Bing, Sako Kojima, Qiu Jiongjiong, Sterling Ruby, Studio Mumbai, Wolfgang Tillmans, Chiu Ya Tsai, James Turrell, Danh Võ, Xu Zhen, Yan Xing, Yang Bodu, Yang Fudong, Yu Honglei, and Zheng Guogu.

“The second venue is located in a central area of Beijing which has a profound history,” said cofounder Lin Han. “It has been a dream of ours to have another space in Beijing. After years of preparation and negotiation with multiple parties, we finally made it a reality. I believe M Woods Art community will bring urgently needed energy and creativity into this historical neighborhood.”

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