There are many contemporary art spaces in mainland China. But one of the foremost art spaces among them is the Long March Space situated in Beijing. Now, Long March Space has announced a decision which will not make the art fans in China happy. The Art Space says that they will stop participating in art fairs. We know that this art space has been regularly seen in art fairs such as Art Basel in Hong Kong and New York as well as Art021 in Shanghai and a lot more fairs.
This announcement was made by the Art Space on WeChat app which is popular in mainland China. In the announcement, the art space said that it will look to “innovate business models and enter a new stage of art market work.” There is a five-point plan outlined by the Long March Space which says that it would focus on research efforts instead of art fair participation.
Ever since being founded in 2002, Long March Space has been located in 798 Arts District in Beijing and has grown on to become one of the biggest contemporary art spaces in China. Among the artists that are represented by Long March Space, we have names including Liu Wei, Tianzhuo Chen, Xu Zhen, and Gang Zhao
Now, the decision from Long March Space to not participate in Art Fairs is seen as a change in Beijing’s art industry as well. We recently revealed that Pace Gallery has also announced plans to shut down its Beijing space.
Long March Space’s announcement is also seen as a fallout for the change in the Beijing art industry. Pace Gallery’s founder even went on to say that “It’s impossible to do business in mainland China right now and it has been for a while”. It is widely believed that Long March Space has had to take this decision for the same reasons.