Photoblog: The Weird World Of Chinese Art

In July 2009, at the height of the swine flu epidemic, I ended up spending a fortnight in Beijing on a school trip. A full blog will follow at some point in the future, because there are obviously many stories to be told.

On our first full day there, we were taken to the 798 Art District. As the name may suggest, it’s full of art; much of it weird, conceptual or postmodern, some of it propaganda-based, some of it entirely unexplainable. Here are just a few of the things I saw there.

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Communist Jesus?!

 

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Graffiti.

 

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Caged plastic dinosaurs.

 

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Confucius in the middle.

 

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Immy and a weird statue.

 

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Quite frankly, this is the sort of thing I’d expect to see on a Suede album cover.

 

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Communist propaganda.

 

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Weirdly prophetic given the prevalence of swine flu on the trip…

 

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A happy worker in the typical Communist red.

 

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Katie and Jess on a bizarrely inscribed bench.

 

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Spiderman has moved to Beijing.

Welcome but unexpected way to end our trip around the district.

Welcome but unexpected way to end our trip around the district.

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