M WOODS is an independent, not-for-profit art museum founded in 2014 by collectors Lin Han and Wanwan Lei. Across two museum sites, M WOODS 798, housed in a former munitions factory in Beijing’s 798 Art District, and the newly inaugurated M WOODS Hutong inside of the M WOODS Art Community, located in the city’s historic Dongcheng district, present a year-round programme of exhibitions, performances, music, education, live events and talks that situate contemporary art at the heart of the city and beyond.
In 2015, M WOODS received its official not-for-profit status in China as an acknowledgement of its cultural services to the public. The museum’s emphasis is on presenting new and historical work by Chinese and international artists, often those who have rarely or never had a solo exhibition in a Beijing institution. M WOODS has presented the first institutional solo exhibitions in Beijing by artists such as David Hockney, Lu Yang, Richard Tuttle, Nicolas Party, Liang Shaoji, Cristof Yvoré and Paul McCarthy, amongst others, and collaborates with international museums such as Tate Modern, London, to present unique experiences and exhibitions for a local audience.
The M WOODS collection is dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and expanding beyond the traditional narrow definitions of art to encompass diverse cultural positions, with work by artists such as Kader Attia and Danh Võ to Buddhist sculptors from the Northern Qi Dynasty, and from contemporary work by Olafur Eliasson and Yang Fudong, for instance, to that of a “Follower of Hieronymus Bosch”.
Remaining dynamic and experimental, at the core of M WOODS is the idea that art should be ‘Free, Alchemical, and Timeless’ (FAT).
Lin Han, Founder
Wanwan Lei, Founder
Yan Shuang, Managing Director
Victor Wang, Artistic Director and Chief Curator
Kiki Zhu, Chief Director of Exhibition Program
Caresse Yan, Chief Director of Exhibition Program
Cao Yuanqi, Connoisseur of Antiquities Supervisor
Gong Bin, Collections Manager
Yang Jialin, Exhibition Space Operation Supervisor
Wang Yue, Senior Assistant
Li Cong, Director of Special Projects
Alexandra Ashley, Education and Public Programs Manager