Image: Aranya Plein Air Art Festival
Aranya Jini Shan Ling. Photo: Qing Niao Ying Shi

Aranya Plein Air Art Festival Featuring Robert Mapplethorpe, Tony Cragg, Sylvie Fleury and Oliver Beer

7 July—29 October 2023
Aranya Art Center, Beidaihe, China

Aranya is pleased to present its first public art initiative, aranya plein air art project (APA). The inaugural edition will take place in the valley of Aranya Jin Shan Ling, at the foot of the Great Wall of China, from July 7 through October 29, 2023.

APA 2023 invites 21 Chinese and international artists to present unique artworks along three hiking trails, in dialogue with the natural landscape and cultural heritage at aranya jin shan ling. Nine of the participating artists have been commissioned to create new works. APA 2023 is organized by Damien Zhang, director of the Aranya Art Center.

List of artists: Katinka Bock, Alina Chaiderov, Chen Ruofan, Chen Xiaoyi, Isabelle Cornaro, Tony Cragg, Ding Yi, Sylvie Fleury, Tom Friedman, Christine Sun Kim, Liang Shuo, Richard Long, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nabuqi, Prinz Gholam, Charles Ray, Su Chang, Vivian Suter, Michelle Wang Yiyi, Haegue Yang, David Zink Yi.

About Aranya Art Center
Aranya Art Center is a kunsthalle for contemporary art powered by the seaside community of Aranya in Beidaihe, China. The architecture, designed by Neri&Hu, has a heavy volume, dark facade and concrete wall tiles of different textures, imbuing the art center with the appearance of a resilient rock. The spiral staircases inside the building connect the open-air atrium at the bottom with each exhibition gallery. Since its opening in May 2019, Aranya Art Center has presented over ten exhibitions, including the group exhibitions Long Day and Études, as well as the comprehensive museum exhibitions of Anselm Reyle, Sylvie Fleury, Tao Hui, and Gabriel Kuri in China.

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