Program and Space as Methodology

Long March Space, Beijing / China

June 2, 2020
June 2, 2020
Zhu Yu: Mute: May 21–July 12

Long March Space
Middle First St. 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District
100015 Beijing
China

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On May 21, 2020, with the opening of the Zhu Yu solo exhibition Mute, the newly renovated Long March Space opened to the public through its new entrance on 798’s First Middle Street. Since establishing the Long March Project Beijing office in 2002, Long March has undergone multiple self-improvements and profound shifts. In the second half of 2019, Long March Space and Long March Project jointly declared a ten-point plan for the future under the title “A New Era, A New Direction, New Programs.” The total renovation of the space officially began shortly thereafter in July 2019.

The project, designed by Dutch designer Henny van Nistelrooy and his team at StudioHVN, encompasses a total of 2,500 square meters. Van Nistelrooy applied an entirely new flow and floorplan to the space which recognize Long March’s historical traditions while providing a spatial solution for its future practices.

The most visible change was moving the entrance from the north side of the Long March Space building, facing 798’s First Middle Street, to the same position on the south side, with the entrance to the exhibition space also moved to the south side.

What’s new in the space?
In response to the new practices and business models of this new phase of the art market, the renovated space has upgraded the showing spaces behind the main exhibition gallery, expanding what was called the Collection Space into a private viewing space and the Atrium, a space for large scale artworks.

The Collector’s Room has also been upgraded, with the addition of a new open Lounge—where a glass curtain offers broad views on the sculptures in the courtyard.

The new Artist Room will present the results of long-term research on key artists carried out by the Long March team, visiting scholars, writers and curators. This is a parallel space to the Gallery that will focus on long-term, deep, and systematic case studies on artists, using curatorial syntax, presentation design, and the sustained work of curators, critics and artists to create, critique, and expound upon the sites for the generation and presentation of views on art history.

The Gallery has completely updated its lighting system, with lights that can be adjusted for brightness and color temperature, providing for better basic lighting of our exhibitions.

Aside from the space, what’s new at Long March?
While the facility has been under renovation, Long March Space has been actively working to explore new ways of connecting with the public. The first initiative is Long March Books, a publication program focusing on artists that Long March Space has been working with. Aside from the soon-to-be-released Yu Hong catalogue The World of Saha, books on Zhan Wang and Liu Wei are expected to be released this year. The Long March Space website was also updated during the pandemic, alongside the launch of the Online Viewing Room, a virtual exhibition space and a digital sales platform.

With an eye to our upcoming twentieth anniversary in 2022, Long March Project has begun work on a series of programs since this spring. Rooted in the historical materials and discourses brought about by the Long March Archive, these programs will utilize the texts, images, and documents generated from past Long March endeavors to bring forth a complimentary collection of publications, exhibitions, and a new website aiming to recount the past twenty years of practice, in the hope of catalyzing more possibilities for the future.