Tongxian Art Center, Beijing, China (2000 - 2007)
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Tongxian Art Center, Beijing, China (2000 - 2007)


2000 - 2007

Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 7356 digital files (3.3 GB)
    Approximately 800 drawings and reproductions
    Approximately 420 photographic materials
    2 models
    Approximately 0.5 l.m. of textual materials
Scope and content:
Series 3, Tongxian Art Center, Beijing, 2000 – 2007, documents the development of a multiphase project for a public arts complex thirty miles from Beijing. Phases are distinguished when possible.

Phase I of the project is the gatehouse (realized), which consists of housing and studio space for artists-in-residence. It is conceived as a brick monolith that has been shrink-wrapped or vacuumed into its shape – a metaphor for the optimization of the building’s limited space. Regional materials are incorporated through the use of local brick and native chudumu wood on the exterior. The gatehouse was completed in 2003.

Phase II of the project is the art center (unrealized), which consists of public spaces, sculpture courts, administrative spaces and infrastructural needs of the institution, connected through a series of alleyways. The layout is organized to maximize interaction between inhabitants while maintaining a level of privacy.

In addition to phases I and II, records in the series document a design referred to as Tongxian Gatekeeper (unrealized). Drawings, circa 2006, illustrate a building to house animals and agriculture in the southwest corner of the Tongxian Art complex grounds.

The series contains sketches, drawings and reprographic copies from pre-design to construction stages of the project, two models including a wood model of the art center and a cardboard model of the gatekeeper wall, and photographic materials. The series also contains textual documents including correspondence with on-site project coordinator Timothy Clark, as well as meeting agendas, project schedules, agreements and proposals, and other project documentation. Digital material includes photographs of construction, CAD drawings, renderings, e-mail, and a video featuring the project team.

The majority of material in the series relates to phase I of the project, the gatehouse. Some files include documentation about the involvement of contemporary artist Ai Wei Wei in a supervisory role for the project.

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Material in this series was arranged by the creator and has been kept in its original order.

Beijing China

Language of material:
  • English
  • Chinese

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