The Qingdao 1919 Gallery of Contemporary Art is currently holding the Blue Imagination to Sculpture 2010 (蓝色畅想), an exhibition of 120 works by sculptors from Shandong and surrounding areas. This is a magnificent exhibition and should not be missed by those with an appreciation for or even just a passing interest in contemporary art. In fact this show is guaranteed to kindle an artistic interest in those yet to be made aware that they even have one! Local artists Wang Yan Yu and Wan Li Ya are among the many whose works make up this exhibition – an exhibition that is guaranteed to leave you feeling somewhat humbled by and in awe of the breadth and depth of artistic talent and creativity that exists around us in this corner of China. Time is of the essence though, as the current exhibition finishes on October 1st. Gallery hours are 9 am – 5 pm.
When: September 24 – October 1
Venue: Qingdao 1919 Creative Industrial Park / 青岛1919创意园
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The Qingdao 1919 Gallery of Contemporary Art (青岛1919当代美术馆) is in the 1919 Creative Industrial Park complex (青岛1919国际建材博览中心) on the edges of Taidong.
To get to the 1919 complex: Probably the easiest way for most people to picture the location of the 1919 complex would be relative to Culture Street (文化街) which runs off Liaoning Lu (辽宁路) in Taidong (台东）. If you happen to be at the Liaoning Lu end of Culture Street, head down to its other extreme, where you will come to Huayang Lu (华阳路). Turn right up Huayang Lu and about a hundred metres or so along on the other side of the road you will see the main building of the 1919 complex.
Having said that, if you are traveling by cab say, you will find that you can’t really get onto Liaoning Lu and thus the Liaoning Lu end of Culture Street easily at the date of writing (Sept 24th ,2010) as Liaoning Lu is being totally dug up and there is no through traffic down to Computer City at the moment, so you would have to know how to get down to Culture Street on foot from further up towards central Taidong if you were to come at it from this angle at the moment, and it’s quite rocky and dusty and will be for a little while yet.
So, alternatively, if you want to head straight to the 1919 gallery by car, then travel towards and through Taidong from the east along Yanji Lu (延吉路), and keep going straight along that stretch of road when it (Yanji Lu) eventually becomes Changchun Lu (长春路）. Continue further until the end of Changchun Lu where it makes a T-intersection with Neimenggu Lu (内蒙古路), and then turn left. Continue straight on for a couple of hundred metres and through the first set of traffic lights at which point that stretch of road (previously Neimengu Lu) will have become Huayang Lu. You will see a “Haibo” (furniture warehouse) on your left and then about other fifty or so metres after that on your right you will see the 1919 complex.
To get to the gallery: Once you’ve found the 1919 complex, to get to the 1919 Gallery （1919青岛当代美术馆), duck under the boom gate on the north side of the main building and walk down the street that runs through the complex and out onto the road on the other side (which for the sake of reference is Mengzhuang Lu). On your right you will pass a couple of exhibits from the current exhibition – a wonderful set of terra cotta figurines cavorting about on a raised platform, then an evocative ‘exterior interior’. A few metres on after that and you’ll come to a ramp on your right which leads down to a parking area across which can be plainly seen the 1919 gallery.
The gallery building itself is in an old cigarette factory and has two main areas. Entering through the door on the right one will find the exhibiting area which at the time of writing consists of three rooms. To the left of the door to the main exhibition hall is another door that leads to a rabbit warren of studios and other art-related entities. One should also take the time to poke one’s head in and check out the staff canteen which contains much of the old machinery and other artistic installations and very redolent of factories-turned-galleries in Beijing and Shanghai. Anyone seeking artistic instruction should make enquiries at the many studios in this part of the building as art classes are held there also.
1919 Creative Park Official Website