The Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing (MoCA Beijing) is located at the Art Center Park in Songzhuang Town, Beijing. The Art Center Park encompasses nearly fifty acres of creativity and activity space bringing forth a natural, quiet, and peaceful environment. MoCA Beijing is committed to the exchange and promotion of contemporary art. It was formed so as to develop the state of contemporary art in a systematic and extensive way focusing on academia, literature, and exhibitions to foster interaction and integration from multi perspectives and levels to cooperate with one another. Every year MoCA Beijing collaborates with other international museums and holds three to five exhibitions and a nomination show by independent curators. MoCA Beijing also organizes the collaboration of international artists and a platform for academic and information exchange.
MoCA Beijing was originally founded as the Gallery for Works of Chinese Professional Painters and the Ammonal Gallery. In the early 1990s, this gallery was the first show for Chinese professional painters to exhibit their work and display non-mainstream culture...This first Chinese contemporary museum of art only existed for a mere 365 days; however, its spirit continued on for 7 years then ended as a exhibition show called “13 Chinese” in Hamburg.
Initially, the Gallery for Works of Chinese Professional Painters and the Ammonal Gallery supported and organized the first exhibition of contemporary artists and front-line activities. In addition, they exhibited the works by various classical world masters: Salvador Dali, George Baselitz, Kiki Smith, and Rauschenberg. Currently MoCA Beijing has assisted in promoting various Chinese artists internationally. It has supported curators and critics such as Zhu Qi, Curtis Carter, Peng Feng, Zhang Pingjie, Britta Erickson, Marcus Lvpei Shields, Ahan Mohammed Abdallah, and Gerald Clem Herman Abbott. This support helped bridge Chinese contemporary art with international contemporary art and provided a platform of global communication to further grasp the contemporary art of China. Furthermore, this channel provided another lens to understand China by, as it contributed to broadening perspectives.
MoCA Beijing has hosted many international and domestic exhibitions. Past examples are “China’s Modern Painters Exhibition” (Beijing)”, “China's Avant-Garde Painting Exhibition” (Hong Kong), and "Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition" (Berlin), etc. Recent exhibitions and shows include "Contemporary Art Evolution", "What is China", "The Will of China", "Chinese Expression”, “Undoing Shuimo” , “A New Ink Sprint”, “The Zero State”, “Forms of the Formless” ，“Kinetic Art” and “Critical Connections”etc. Such performances are highly acclaimed by both domestic and international artists.
To become a hotbed and power station for contemporary art is a goal of MoCA Beijing. We will strive to further develop along this path of creativity and communication.