News & Events

Party's Party
Friday, November 30, 2018, 19:00 until Late

 

 

To celebrate the opening of Nicolas Party: Arches, M WOODS and NYLON are hosting one of the year end's most unforgettable parties. Party's Party brings together 12 of Beijing's coolest eateries for an indoor market to warm the winter night. Chikalicious, Berry Beans, TIENSTIENS, the Soloist and many others all offer something special for you and your friends to enjoy. Check the M WOODS official WeChat for more info!

M MEASURES
A Dialogue on Painting:Liu Wei & Luc Tuymans
Sunday, November 4, 2018, 14:00-16:00

Moderated by Colin Chinnery

 

M WOODS is honored to bring two legendary artists into conversation ahead of a groundbreaking dual exhibition to be held at M WOODS in 2020. Antwerp-based Luc Tuymans and Beijing-based Liu Wei have known each other personally for over twelve years, and were aware of each others’ painting practices for years before this. Both artists are internationally renowned as painters whose works articulate the social environment of their times, with an at times subtle, but ever-present, power. They are held in the highest regard as academic artists, whose respective devotion to the medium of paint has endured for decades. 

 

The exhibition at M WOODS is the product of a friendship and dialogue held over the years, and will be curated by Colin Chinnery, who was also present when the original idea was conceived. Moderated by Chinnery, the discussion will traverse the parallel trajectories of their painting careers, how the idea for the exhibition was brought about, social and political changes they have witnessed and how these have influenced their work, and finally touch on the content of their exhibition, opening in Autumn 2020.

 

The talk is part of M MEASURES, the education program of M WOODS, and is free to the public. Booking via WeChat is necessary as seats are limited.

Art Book in China·Beijing
Friday, June 29, 2018, 12:00-21:00
Saturday, June 30, 2018, 12:00-21:00
Sunday, July 1, 2018, 12:00-19:00

 

 

This summer, M WOODS is proud to host the third edition of Art Book in China – Beijing, an art book fair highlighting the best in printed materials and print culture throughout Asia. This year, 128 vendors from 16 countries will participate, and a series of “desktop” exhibitions will be organized by Printed Matter (New York), EINSTEIN STUDIO (Tokyo), C5 and Gallery Yang. As in past editions, Art Book in China includes a number of events, 25 in all, that include book launches, forums and workshops. For more information, follow the M WOODS official WeChat account.

FAT Music Festival
Friday, June 1, 2018, 20:30
Saturday, June 2, 2018, 20:30

 

FAT Music Festival is here again with help from fRUITYSPACE and School. Celebrate the first party of the summer with M WOODS. Tickets available on the M WOODS official WeChat. 

M Share: Welcome to Neverland
Friday, June 1, 2018, 14:00-22:00
Saturday, June 2, 2018, 12:00-22:00

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 12:00-22:00 

 

This Children’s Day, M WOODS invites audiences to return to Neverland for a weekend long art bazaar that includes more than 30 booths from Beijing’s best creatives. A platform bringing art and life together, M Share will feature drinks and food, so you can imbibe and indulge while perusing affordable art and publications. Alongside M Share, M WOODS also hosts the second installment of FAT Music Festival and an Open Office event. Check the M WOODS official WeChat for more details. 

 

Couple's Day: Midnight Museum
Saturday, April 14, 2018

 

Couple’s Day is here again, and this month M WOODS will stay open all night. With the great length of video art currently featured in Paul McCarthy: Innocence, Couple’s Day: Midnight Museum is the perfect opportunity to view your favorite works from beginning to end or discover new ones. Join us this Saturday!

M MEASURES: Reality Subverted
Paul McCarthy on Video Performance
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 15:00-17:00
Auditorium of CAFA Art Museum

 

Paul McCarthy’s 50 years of artmaking have seen him work in nearly every conceivable medium, from painting and sculpture, to performance, video, feature-length film and recently virtual reality. For the exhibition at M WOODS, the artist has chosen to present a survey of video, which he has worked with since the beginning and consistently returned to over the course of his career. From his early black and white documentations of actions like Whipping a Wall and a Window with Paint (1974), to the seven-hour epic White Snow (2013), McCarthy’s own trajectory reflects the evolution of video art in production and address towards audiences. Join M WOODS Founder Wanwan Lei, curator and artist Colin Chinnery, and Paul McCarthy for discussion of his practice and development of video art alongside performance, hosted at the CAFA Art Museum. 

Mincemeat Party
Friday, March 23, 2018, 14:00-19:00
M WOODS Yard

 

The biggest cultural event to succeed the fireworks and fanfare of Chinese New Year, Beijing Gallery Weekend returns for its second edition, promising migratory artistic communities a showcase of the best the city has to offer. Joining as a leader in the festivities once again, M WOODS is throwing a party to honor the recently opened exhibition Paul McCarthy: Innocence (Video Works 1970-2013). Audiences are invited to M WOODS Yard for Beijing-themed refreshments that match McCarthy’s unapologetic adoration of the “low brow”: luzhu and baijiu cocktails. As day shifts to night, the museum welcomes visitors to explore 43 of the artist's video performance on view for the first in China.

 

M MEASURES: New Heights of Imagination
Tuesday, December 13, 2017, 19:00
Room 200, Humanities Building of Remin University

 

Like many her own age, Lu Yang is heavily influenced by the two-dimensionality of popular culture, but far from just embodying simple forms of entertainment, the cartoons and video games of today represent the culmination of several systems of knowledge, allowing for the exploration of many philosophical concepts within an aesthetic universe that far exceeds the possibilities of our own.

 

On December 19, M WOODS invites Chen Qijia, Hong Yun, and Zhang Yifan to share their perspectives on “two-dimensionality” as a mode for intellectual discourse.   

M MEASURES: Alternate Dimensions
Wednesday, November 15, 3:00 - 4:30
Room 401, Third study building of Peking University

 

From Uterus Man to LuYang Delusional Mandala, to her latest work Electromagnetic Brainology, Lu Yang's refreshing sense of absurd humor challenges accepted notions of contemporary art. Citing knowledge gleaned from the realms of neurology and biology, her works also reflect an ongoing interest in spirituality as a state of being pursued through different forms of religion and creative expression. On the occasion of Lu Yang's solo exhibition Encephalon Heaven, M WOODS invites you to join us for a conversation between the artist and science fiction writer Chen Qiufan hosted at Peking University. Together the two address topics of science and new media related to their works. 

FAT Music Festival 
October 13 - 15, 2017

 

Curated by M WOODS, FAT Music Festival will present aural exhibitions by four of the most pioneering livehouses in the city: School, Temple, DDC, and fRUITYSPACE. Through this collaboration, M WOODS seeks to present a multi-sensory experience, featuring live music alongside video, projection, and visual art. Join us to break down the barriers between art exhibitions and musical performances, and to foster new ideas about what a museum can do for a city and its cultural life. 

 

 

The Edge of Solitude
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 2:30 - 4:00 PM

 

New technologies present a range of possibilities for communication in our lives, but they just as readily engender silence, pushing us to ever deeper reaches of solitude. In a complimentary public program for Heart of the Tin Man, acclaimed actress Huang Xiangli — known for her one-woman performances of Letter from an Unknown Woman, Bonjour Tristesse, and 9 1/2 Love — will give form to her thoughts on solitude in the digital era through a performance among the artworks. After the performance, Huang will join M WOODS co-founder and curator of Heart of the Tin Man Michael Xufu Huang for a conversation on the intersections of theater and contemporary art.  

M MEASURES: Sense and Sensibility — Contemporary Art in the Digital Era 
Saturday, July 29, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30PM

 

This installment of M MEASURES delves deeper into the themes of Heart of the Tin Man, exploring the impact of rapidly evolving technology on our daily lives through the prism of contemporary art. Panelists unpack the works included in the exhibition, lending insight into the location and role emotion plays in the digital age.   

 

The forum is moderated by Heart of the Tin Man curator and M WOODS co-founder Michael Xufu Huang. Guest panelists include participating artists aaajiao (Xu Wenkai) and Liu Wa, as well as Artforum.cn Senior Editor Yang Beichen. 

 

 

Dorothy's Supper
July 1, 2017, 7:30 PM until late

 

Accompanying our latest exhibition, Heart of the Tin Man, Dorothy's Supper is a culinary experience curated by cartoonist and author Craig Ouyang, who, along with his team, has developed a menu to break the heat of the summer, including popsicles, beverages, desserts, and liquid nitrogen ice cream. Also joining the supper are Nature Things Tacos, Beiping Machine Brewery, Bubble Lab and other popular eateries, providing a host of foods and drinks to choose from. 

 

More than food alone, visitors will enjoy the Creative Art Market (with Mega Vintage, BERRY BEANS, Colleen B+ Luya, Ty, 80’s Love, DreamCo, and FLOSO), experimental music by DJ Design and Lu Cheng, and an open-air film screening.

 

Package tickets are available on the official M WOODS WeChat. One museum ticket (purchased Saturday) will also give visitors free entry to the party. M WOODS Members enter free with a membership card. 

Music in the Museum
June 10, 2017

 

To mark the end of our spring show Cristof Yvoré: An Ode, M WOODS hosts Beijing legends Josh Feola (of pangbianr, Sally Can’t Dance, and Charm), Yan Yulong (Chui Wan), and Zhang Shouwang (Carsick Cars, White+) for a day of musical experimentation. From 1PM to late, the galleries are given to the interplay of senses, with our guests sharing sounds new and old in a site specific performance inspired and curated to accompany the exhibition. 

 

While his entire creative output focuses on quiet motifs—the corners of rooms, vases, bouquets of flowers—Yvoré’s taste in music was distinctly loud, with an eclectic studio soundtrack including Suicide, Tuxedo Moon, Bauhaus, Joy Division, Metal Urbain, Hasil Adkins, Motörhead, Autechre, and many others that work in genres as distinct as heavy metal, New Wave, No Wave, drone, post-punk, minimal, and experimental and ambient electronica.   

 

While the musicians swap sets, visitors are welcomed to explore the show with an additional dimension, reveling in the mutual influences of visual and musical disciplines recognized since times immemorial.

Artist in Residence: Open Studio
April 8-9, 2017

 

This weekend (April 8-9) M WOODS opens the door to our residency program, giving audiences a chance to see the work of our current artist in residence, Gong Bin. The first time M WOODS has offered a glimpse into the program, visitors are welcome to learn more about its past, present, and future. No reservation is necessary. A tour of the studio is included with the cost for entry to the main exhibition, Cristof Yvoré: An Ode.

 

About the Artist
Gong Bin (b. 1992, Hunan province) graduated from the engraving department of the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts and currently works in acrylic and oil on canvas and installation. His work has been featured in the exhibition Random Forests (Wuhan, 2016) and East+West International Design Week (Wuhan, 2016) among other venues.

M WOODS at Gallery Weekend Beijing
March 17-19, 2017

 

M WOODS was proud to participate in the first edition of Gallery Weekend Beijing, three days of activities inspired by Gallery Weekend Berlin. As a major institutional supporter of GWBJ, M WOODS welcomed visitors from around the world to guided tours of our latest exhibition Cristof Yvoré: An Ode. GWBJ included 14 galleries and 4 institutions located in both 798 and Caochangdi art districts and presented the works of more than 60 artists from China and abroad. 

Members' Day
Saturday November 19, 2016
2.00 - 3.00pm

 

M WOODS Members are invited to an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the museum's offices, to see parts of the M WOODS collection installed in the office and learn about the different work and staff roles as well as the upcoming program. They can also meet the M WOODS feline mascot Xiaowu! 

 

To sign up for the event, current Members can send their name and phone number (given when becoming an M WOODS Member) over the museum's WeChat platform, for M WOODS to verify. If you are not already a Member, you can join by calling the museum or by using WeChat. Those who successfully sign up for the event will receive an official confirmation over WeChat. 

 

Limited places are available. Please sign in and show us your confirmation at the main entrance of M WOODS Museum by 1.50pm on Saturday.

M MEASURES Salon: Art After the Fracture
Sunday, October 30, 2016, 7pm

 

M WOODS Museum is delighted to partner with OWSpace to present Art After the Fracture, a discussion of American culture following World War II. The renowned set of speakers will offer their insights on the spirit of art in North America from the 1950s onwards, in light of the economic, political and emotional state of a society reacting to the horrors of war.

 

Encompassing literature, art, cinema, and music, the discussion will touch on some of the many movements that developed during this raw and immensely creative moment. Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop Art, and Post-Modernism rose out of these uncertain times, changing the direction of Western art history and the way we understand contemporary art today.

 

The discussion aims to illuminate a moment in history, and will give context to the environment in which Andy Warhol was actively making work. Warhol is inextricably linked to this period in American culture, both contributing to and drawing from it in producing his work. The movement towards art being for everyone, taking it from high culture and placing it within low or popular culture was pioneered by Warhol, and his experimental methods and social conduct were arguably a product of these post-war times. 

 

The speakers are Xu Zhiyuan, Co-Founder of OWSpace, Ye Ying, Editor-in-Chief of The Art Newspaper China, and internationally-acclaimed artist Qiu Zhijie.

 

This event has been organized by M WOODS Museum and OWSpace, and presented as part of M MEASURES, the museum’s free education program. Andy Warhol: Contact runs through January 7, 2017 and will be open for viewing before the salon. Tickets are free and available through WeChat

M MEASURES: Smogfree Panel Discussion
September 29, 6.30 - 8.30pm

 

As part of our education program M MEASURES, we present a panel discussion in partnership with Studio Roosegaarde. Hosted on the occasion of Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde’s Smogfree project opening closeby to M WOODS at 751D, the event aims to open up conversation about creative solutions to air quality, and examples of artist-led initiatives. 

 

M WOODS is delighted to host this event as we have pledged to be the museum with the cleanest air in China, with the help of our chief sponsor, LIFAair. 

 

Roosegaarde will introduce the Smogfree project, followed by a presentation from Zhang Wendong of LIFAair, and artists Brendan Warford and Matt Hope. The panel will be moderated by Professor Yang Dongjiang from Tsinghua University. The discussion will then be opened up to the audience for questions, bringing local artists, designers and makers to share and exchange new smog solutions for the cities of tomorrow.

 

Tickets are free and can be booked through WeChat. 

M WOODS Family Day
September 11, 2016

 

M WOODS Family Day welcomes people of all ages to the museum. Alongside seeing the exhibition, children are invited to become Pop artists themselves, experimenting with a range of Andy Warhol images and art materials. Warhol's Soup Can, Flowers, Golden Book, Superman and other well known pop cultural images will be available as starting points for new masterpieces. Upon completion we'll be giving participants their pictures and Warholesque silver balloon to take home.

 

This is the first in a series of Family Days that M WOODS has planned, to open the museum to young vistors and to engage new audiences with the work in galleries. The activities are free with the cost of museum entry(children under 1.2m are free). Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and care will be taken to keep art materials away from the exhibition areas.

Welcome to the Factory
Opening party for Andy Warhol: Contact
Friday, August 5, 8.00 - 11.00pm

 

To celebrate the arrival of Andy Warhol: Contact to M WOODS, the museum presents “Welcome to the Factory,” a party at 8.00pm on August 5, 2016 featuring three musical acts performing in response to the legend of Andy Warhol. The opening party takes place in M YARD, the museum’s outdoor space.

 

Welcome to the Factory” pays homage to Andy Warhol's infamous studio in New York. M YARD will be decorated as The Silver Factory, evoking memories of the place in which Warhol made many works and hosted notorious parties with his countless friends and Factory regulars. 

 

Performing on the evening are: BEEP (USA), an experimental sound outfit, TOW (Beijing) and Sulumi (Shanghai). Local brewery Jing-A will run a bar and pop up stalls by Hatchery and White Tiger will be selling food throughout the evening. 

 

Tickets cost 140 RMB including entry to the exhibition* and a limited edition Andy Warhol goodie bag. Tickets can be bought through M WOODS' WeChat account - accessible in the menu. 
* The exhibition will not be open during the party

Summer Art Night
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 8-11 PM
Various locations within 798 Art District; Central point M YARD

 

M WOODS is excited to announce Summer Art Night on Saturday, June 25, 2016. M WOODS, as well as neighboring galleries and foundations Beijing Commune, Boers-Li Gallery, Galleria Continua, Danish Cultural Center, Goethe-Institut China, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Long March Space, Magician Space, MOUart, Parkview Green Art, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute, Space Station, Tang Contemporary Art, Tong Gallery + Projects, and TopRed Gallery, will welcome visitors for free between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM in their respective spaces. 

 

Alongside the evening exhibition viewing, there will be live music in M WOODS’s outdoor space, M YARD, programmed by local experimental venue fRUITYSPACE and the artists of Boers-Li Gallery. White Tiger Village, Vivi Dolce, Magician Space, and ANARKISTO by Caravan will have pop-up food stalls and local brewery Jing-A will run a bar, with pints of beer given away free to the first 100 visitors. 

 

Sponsored by Jing-A

 

Full schedule

Live music and special performances:

8 - 11 PM Music by fRUITYSPACE (live DJ set), Song Kun, Chen Chen Chen, Exit A and M+W @ M YARD

8 - 11 PM Dance performance by Amy Grubb @ Galleria Continua

8 - 11 PM Roman Hagenbrock Performance @ Goethe-Institut (China)

8:30 PM - 10:30 PM Li Ke Performance @ Danish Cultural Center (China)

 

Museums and galleries open 8-11 PM

Drinks by Jing-A 

Food by White Tiger Village, ANARKISTO by Caravan, and Vivi Dolce in M YARD

Additional food at Magician Space

 

M WOODS

Exhibition: All Means are Sacred

 

Beijing Commune

Exhibition: Ma Qiusha

 

Galleria Continua

Exhibition: Antony Gormley: Host

Performance: Amy Grubb – Continuum

 

Boers-Li Gallery

Exhibition: Fang Lu: True Sense

Exhibition: Ou Jin: New Works

Music: Song Kun, Chen Chen Chen, Exit A, and M+W playing M YARD

 

Danish Cultural Center (China)

Exhibition: The City of a Billion Pines

Performance: Li Ke – Homeless Rabbit (8:30 - 10:30 PM)

 

Goethe-Institut (China)

Performance: Roman Hagenbrock – This is Beijing if I say so (8 - 11 PM)

 

Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery

Exhibition: Chen Han: The Vast Darkness

 

Long March Space

Exhibition: Tianzhuo Chen: Ishvara

 

Magician Space

Exhibition: Liu Yefu

Food stall on-site

 

MOU Art

Exhibition: Nimue: The Wound of The Bond

 

Parkview Green Art

Exhibition:

 

Platform China Contemporary Art Institute

Exhibition: Ma Ke

 

Space Station

Exhibition:

 

Tang Contemporary

Exhibition: Over the Wall: Paintings tempted by Installation

 

Tong Gallery + Projects

Exhibition: Liu Enzhao: Rousseau's Garden

 

TopRed Gallery

Exhibition:

 

Chinese Emerging Collector Forum  

 

M WOODS Founder Lin Han speaks at the Chinese Emerging Collector Forum at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu, on May 23, 2016, alongside collectors David Chau, Lu Xun, Zhou Chong, Zhao Yisong, and Huang Yu. The group will discuss considerations they make in collecting, methods of acquisition and presentation, and their visions for the future of Chinese museums and public art appreciation. 

Cindy Wang, Lin Han at the UBER press conference

M WOODS x UBER

 

M WOODS is pleased to announce its collaboration with UBER in the lead up to the summer exhibition, Andy Warhol: Contact. A mobile space offering UBER users a preview experience of the exhibition launches in July 2016. M WOODS Co-founder Michael Xufu Huang said of the partnership, “M WOODS is a young organization, excited by the future and all that is happening to prepare us for it, in terms of art, design, technology, and digital culture. It is thrilling for us to partner with UBER, a brand we believe is paving the way towards the future of transport around the world. As the opening of our Andy Warhol summer exhibition draws nearer, this collaboration gives us an opportunity to reflect on the influence of technology on culture, whether in Warhol’s factory in the 1960s or within digital applications in Beijing today.”

 

M MEASURES: Panel Discussion
Saturday April 30, 2016
6.30pm

 

M WOODS is delighted to host a panel discussion, in partnership with The Arts Newspaper China, centering on the current exhibition All Means are Sacred. Drawn primarily from the M WOODS collection and curated by museum founder Wanwan Lei, All Means are Sacred is a vehicle through which the philosophy and ambitions of M WOODS can be seen clearly. All of the works in the exhibition deal, in some way, with aspiration towards a higher realm, be that spiritual, religious, or physical. Contemporary works are punctuated by paintings from the Northern Renaissance and sculpture from the Tang Dynasty, traversing centuries of artmaking.

 

The panel discussion comes at a time when M WOODS has presented a new face to the public, through the visionary designs of Dong Gong and Vector Architects. Opened concurrently with the exhibition on March 26, 2016, the building now facilitates more conversations - between itself and the surrounding environment, between audiences and artwork, and between M WOODS and its visitors. The use of steel mesh to veil the original building honors the way Dong Gong thinks about M WOODS and Beijing, and resonates with All Means are Sacred - in that within rapidly developing, modern times, tribute is paid to our heritage and the work of our ancestors.  

 

Join us to hear M WOODS founders Lin Han and Wanwan Lei speaking alongside artist Hao Liang and Editor of The Art Newspaper China, Ye Ying. Places can be reserved by sending your name and contact number to us through WeChat. A written confirmation of your place from M WOODS will be required to enter on Saturday. 

Museum renovation by Vector Architects

 

M WOODS is pleased to announce the imminent renovation of our façade and entranceway, designed by Beijing-based studio Vector Architects. The reimagined space will open to the public on March 27, 2016, concurrent with the opening of the exhibition All Means Are Sacred.

 
Conceived by Vector’s principal architect Dong Gong, the plans encompass new indoor and outdoor areas to enhance the M WOODS visitor experience: a redesigned entrance and front lobby space; the innovative use of metal mesh to veil the façade of the original building; and the creation of M YARD, a tree-shaded public seating area and meeting point.

 

Notable projects by Dong Gong and Vector Architects include the Wetland Museum in Jinan; the China Resources Land Sales Pavilion in Hefei; the Vanke Exhibition Centre in Yingkou; and the Seashore Library in Qinhuangdao.