The greatest thing about 798 is you can’t tell where art ends and where reality begins (and vice versa). The whole place is like a huge gallery. Anything you see can be a deliberate art piece, or reality as is (mostly abandoned factories and machines).
We didn’t have time or energy or wish to see a certain numbers of galleries, so we just strolled around (with a map in hand) and had fun.
|Most galleries are small, but this one has a big hall leading to a restaurant/cafe. It has a few small rooms of installations.|
|Modern art is a lot more accessible when it’s based on familiar and traditional art. It’s a creativity shortcut, but sometimes it gets really interesting. We saw a nice piece at Princeton, and this one is also based on Van Gogh. Look closely at the flowers.|
|We stumbled into one of the main factory-galleries, with its signature Bauhaus shed roofs.|
|The guy could be an action artist, or a cook, or both.|
|A couple of fun cartoons. The latter is placed in a shallow underground well so you indeed view it from above.|
|Pen is indeed mightier than sword, when it becomes a cruise missile.|
|A creative series about mining and miners.|
|The girl could be a high school student, or an action artist, or both. The gaudy colors seem to suggest the previous.|
|798 has become more of a tourist attraction. There’s even a day tour covering it and some other art zones. Most people snap photos in funny pose with anything, and this little bazaar is packed with no less than 1/3 of all people inside 798.|