Beijing gallery to open near Old Street putting unsung Chinese artists on the London map

London-bound: Beijing gallery Tabula Rasas founder launched the outsider art showcase Almost Art Project in 2015 Courtesy of Tabula Rasa

Beijing gallery Tabula Rasa is expanding to London. Sammi Liu Yiyuan, who founded the platform for mostly young Chinese artists in the 798 art district in 2015, is launching the space near Old Street. Liu—who started the Beijing outsider art showcase Almost Art Project, co-hosts the Mandarin-language podcast Art is Poison and was a deputy editor of The Art Newspaper China—hopes to open the new gallery this autumn.

While the exhibition programme will be similar to Beijings, Liu says, the London gallery will also “show exhibitions that might be too sensitive in Beijing”. She adds: “For example, our scheduled October exhibition is Hong Kong artist Lee Kai Chung, whose performance and video works are research based upon [contentious] historical events and archive footage.”

Meanwhile, Western galleries are expanding in China. Despite Paces departure from Beijing last year, Lisson, Perrotin and Almine Rech have recently opened spaces in Shanghai. Frances Villepin opened in March in Hong Kong, followed by Londons Flowers Gallery in May, and New York dealer Edward Ressle is launching a Shanghai location in June. However, East-to-West expansion has been limited to a Berlin opening for Guangzhous Times Museum in 2018.

Although mainland galleries are pursuing markets in Asia, “Chinese galleries simply do not have such leading power in the contemporary art world and, practically speaking, do not have the capitRead More – Source