Creative China Festival

About Creative China Festival

Supported by the Chinese Ministry of Culture as part of the“China-US Social and Cultural Dialogue”framework, the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF) launches the very first Creative China Festival (CCF) this autumn with a specially curated program of events in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. Across three cities, six sections of exploring art and culture through culturalforums,filmseries,designexhibitions, art residency and public art exhibitions, live music performances, and a guest city program, more than 10 collaborating institutions, over100 participants and 50 events, CCF explores the cultural innovation and establishes a crossroad meeting point between China and the United States, the East and West, the classical and novel, as well as the institutional and grass roots. 

From September 7 to November 24, 2017, the Festival offers an array of exciting events to be presented in collaboration with more than 10 globally recognized cultural institutions, such as Asia Contemporary Art Week, Brattle Theatre, Chambers Fine Art, China Institute, Columbia University, Metrograph, Modern Sky USA, New Museum’s NEW INC, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, and Special Special. Events take place at major landmarks such as Central Park, the Grand Central Terminal, Library of Congress, Mana Contemporary, Skylight Clarkson Square, and UN Headquarters.

CCF aims to share significant cultural aspects of Chinese contemporary art and culture with American audiences. This annual event brings together a combination of acclaimed and emergingartists,designers,filmdirectors,and intellectuals highlighting the identities and creative forces in modern-day China, including SONG Dong, YU Fan, Zuoxiao Zuzhou, CAI Shangjun, CAO Baoping, CHENG Er, DIAO Yi’nan, XIN Yukun, GUO Hongwei, HE Wei, LU Yang, LI Jun, Angel CHEN, Min WU, Hiuman CHAU, A Si, Edison CHEN, HHH, MA Di, Re-TROS, and many more.

Each year CCF will introduce a guest city to American audiences in an ongoing effort to promotecross-culturalexchangeandawareness. This year, the Festival is proud to announce Nanjing as the first edition’s guest city. As the ancient capital of six dynasties, Nanjing brings its modern culture, tradition, and charm to New York through Nanjing Week, an outstanding cultural platform that is part of the wider CCF program.
“The Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation is honored to partner with such prestigious collaborating institutions from China and the United States to present the first Creative China Festival and to share our values of freedom, energy, curiosity and discovery to the world. In alignment with our innovative global work in recent years, the Festival is to support the new generation of Chinese creative forces and enhance the long-term collaboration of cultural institutions between China and the U.S. In the complex and diverse world that we live in, it is important to learn how to observe, think, and retain our ideas and values, learn and understand from other cultures, and contribute positively to society. The Creative China Festival aims to encourage and continue such thought processes with our global counterparts,”says CUI Qiao, President of Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation.
CCF 2017 presents a program of diversity, exploration, and insight through six important sections with new exhibitions, thought-provoking discussion platforms, innovative fashion concepts, and artistic engagement. The series of dynamic events continue to enhance the strength of Chinese influence and prowess to the world in the areas of fine, performing, and visual arts.

(1)  China-US Cultural Forums

China is characterized today by vibrant development and change. This is true of the economy, and no less true in the arts, culture, and social innovation. New things emerge every day, soon become a phenomenon, and then eitherturnintoasolidstandorvanishintheoverloaded information world.

The China-US Cultural Forums Series focus on three areas—cultural collaboration, social innovation, cultural and creative dialogue. The Cultural Forums intend to showcase China’s fluidity—always a work in progress, always a mixture of wisdom and chaos, never finished, never perfect. We look forward to having a real conversation with our American counterparts, and embracing the dialogue.

In collaboration with Center of China and Globalization Think Tank, JD Foundation, Tencent, Tenyun Think Tank, China Institute, Asia Contemporary Art Week, NYU The DO School, New York Foundation for the Arts, China House, the forums invite industry leaders who have made great contribution in the fields along with changemakers who are exploring the new routes, to share their thoughts and practices.

(2) Film Series

New Noir: The Chinese Crime Films

Shoot-em-up gangster flick or film noir, policier or yakuza film: in just about every language you can think of in just about every country in the world there’s a word for crime pictures—with one noteworthy exception. In Mainland China, crime depicted on screen is an admission to the existence of discontent in the people’s paradise. Recently, however, a new generation of up-and-coming auteurs, working independently, have been revamping the tropes of the Chinese spy film to address the country’s violence, with films that portray drifting killers, frustrated police, and lethal beauties, all enmeshed in a web of vice and desire. Beginning with the US premiere of The Conformist, with director Cai Shangjun and writer Gu Xiaobai in person, New Noir: The Chinese Crime Films program is pleased to introduce a sampling of these hard-hitting fugitive films, little seen outside of the festival circuit, which taken together signal the appearance of a Mainland school of noir.

Screeing Address and Hours



- 9.20-9.24,2017
- Metrograph, New York
- $15
- 7 Ludlow Street, New York City
- Online Tickets:
9.20 7:00pm THE CONFORMIST
9.22 7:00pm BLACK COAL, THIN ICE
7:00pm LETHAL HOSTAGE 9.24 7:00pm THE DEAD END

Filmmaker Talk with Cai Shangjun
- 9.21, 6:30-9:30pm
- New York University
- 19 University Place, Ground Floor, Room 102, New York, NY 10003
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- 11.12-11.15
- Boston Brattle Theatre
- 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA
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info and film schedule.

(3)Artist Residency & Public Art

CCF 2017 collaborates with Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) which runs from October 5 to 26, the curatorial and educational platform in New York, to present renowned Chinese artists SONG Dong, YU Fan, and emerging artist LI Jun in ACAW’s signature program
“THINKING PROJECTS”curated by ACAW Director Leeza Ahmady. It is a series of pop-up exhibitions dedicated to examining process-oriented artistic endeavors which audiences are welcome to experience.

In September, sculptor YU Fan takes on a one-month residency at the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston at Tufts, culminating with a presentation of new sculptural works hosted at ACAW Consortium Partner Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York from October 12 to November 4.

On October 15, ACAW Consortium Partner Mana Contemporary hosts SONG Dong’s large-scale public engaged project Eating the City where visitors are invited and encouraged to consume SONG’s miniature modelcitymadefromcookies,biscuitsandcandies.The performance has been presented in Antwerp, Barcelona, Brasilia, London, Paris, and Shanghai. At the same venue LI Jun’s community conscious Zi Jie at East Lake (2010- 2015) addresses issues of urbanization and gentrification in China. This exhibition is on view through December 15.

(4)ACAW THINKING PROJECTS presents Guo Hongwei: The Pre-existent Painting

He Wei: The Aerial

The Aerial is an participatory installation by HE Wei, comprised of hundreds of delicate uncanny ‘creatures,’ in each of which a feathered ‘head’ is connected to three pointy ‘legs’ at the bottom via a long slim ‘neck.’ The work is inspired by the visual of the incense burner from Han Dynasty in ancient China, which usually features a paradise where animals of various kinds reside and frolic.Taking place at Chambers Fine Art where artist Yang Jiechang’s exhibition, The Whip, is on view, the work also transforms Yang’s layers of ink on xuan paper into a three-dimensional space, bearing a visual metaphor for a floating square of ink. Guests are encouraged to use the bottom of each ‘creature’ as a fork and play with it while mingling with each other in a breezy atmosphere. As guests wield these ‘creatures,’ their body movements that come along—dip and whip, indicate the action in Chinese painting and calligraphy.

The Aerial is presented as part of the after party of 2017 Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW). Supported by The Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF), the project is one of the programs in the Foundation’s Creative China Festival (CCF) in 2017.


Chambers Fine Art

DateOctober 12, 2017, 8:00-10:00pm

AddressChambers Fine Art, 522 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011


Guo Hongwei: The Pre-existent Painting


As part of Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) 2017 signature program: THINKING PROJECTS— pop-up exhibition series focusing on research-based artistic endeavors curated by ACAW director Leeza Ahmady, The Pre-existent Painting by Guo Hongwei converts the gallery into a natural history laboratory with three components. The first comprises of 80 to 100 new small watercolors rendered through relentless observation and conceptual deductions of numerous natural mineral samples.  Guo has described the project as “a structural study of the manner in which painting systems connect with different patterns in the growth of minerals.”

The second section, “Natural Artificial Painting”, consists of waste from industrial painting processes that grow organically through the accumulation of dust and other materials.  Although formed by chance, these fragments bear a striking resemblance to paintings created in the studio. In contrast, the third group of works consists of paintings on shells and pieces of coral that follow the organic structure.  The three sections provide a fascinating insight into Guo’s practice as a painter both in oil and watercolor. Guo’s experimentations are juxtaposed with a series of drawings about India made in 1990’s by New York based artist Judy Blum-Reddy, exploring acts of tracing, archiving and ultimately processes of collecting that are evident in both artists’ practices.

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Chambers Fine Art

Date: October 21 – November 11, 2017

522 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011  

t 212-414-1169


The 12th edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) educational and curatorial platform (October 5 - October 26, 2017) marks this year as ACAW’s largest-ever showcasing of China-focused artistic discourse across New York City & beyond. Ranging from major group and solo exhibitions, to symposiums, performances, screenings and curatorial and artist talks presented at ACAW Consortium Partner galleries, museum and arts organizations alongside multiple China-based artists and arts professionals featured in ACAW Curated Signature Programs: FIELD MEETING Take 5 art forum and THINKING PROJECTS pop-up exhibitions series.


With over 16 exhibitions and public programs in 12 venues with the below participating artists and curators:

Ai Weiwei, Big Tail Elephant Group, Cai Guo-Qiang, Hera Chan, Cao Fei, Chen Xi, Chen Zhen, Chen Chieh-jen, Dai Guangyu, Datong Dazhang, Ding Yi, Janet Fong, Geng Jianyi, Guo Hongwei, Valerie Hansen, Hou Hanru, Hu Yinping, Hu Weiyi, Huang Yong Ping, Wenda Gu, Kan Xuan, Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Li Jun, Libreria Borges, Liu Dan, Liu Wei, Liu Xiaodong, Alexandra Munroe, New Measurement Group, Kingsley Ng, Ou Ning, Ellen Pau, Qiu Zhijie, Suhanya Raffel, Shen Yuan, Song Dong, Philip Tinari, Wang Guangyi, Wang Jiajia, Wang Jianwei, Adrian Wong, Xijing Men, Xu Bing, Yan Lei, Yang Jiechang, Yang Xin, Yang Xinjia, Yin Xiuzhen, Yu Fan, Yu Hong, Anthony Yung, Zeng Fanzhi, Zhang Peili, Zhang Hongtu, Zhang Xiaogang, Zhao Bandi, Zhao Gang, Zhao Zhaoying, Zheng Chongbin and Zhou Tiehai


Consortium Partners / Participants:
Asia Society Museum / ArteEast / Asia Art Archive in America / Japan Society / Metropolitan Museum of Art / MoMA / Queens Museum / Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) / SVA MA Curatorial Practice / Solomon R. Guggenheim / Taipei Cultural Center / Twelve Gates Arts / +91 Foundation / Reversible Destiny Foundation / Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Art Gallery / Aicon Gallery / C24 Gallery / Chambers Fine Art / Christie’s / DAG Modern / Doosan Gallery / Klein Sun Gallery / Mana Contemporary / Owen James Gallery / Ronin Gallery / Roya Khadjavi Projects / Ryan Lee Gallery / Sundaram Tagore Gallery / Tyler Rollins Fine Art / Ab/Anbar (Tehran) / Alserkal Avenue (Dubai) / Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation / Exhibit320 (New Delhi) / Edouard Malingue Gallery (Hong Kong) / Ink Studio (Beijing) / M+ (Hong Kong) / Richard Koh Fine Art (Kuala Lumpur) / Space Station (Beijing)

(6)Lilya Pavlovic-Dear: Marco Polo and the Global Silk Roads


COLLECTIONS DISPLAY from The African & Middle Eastern Division, the European Division, the Asian Division, the European Division, the Ge-ography & Map Division, and the Rare Book & Special Collections Division



The African & Middle Eastern Division, the Asian Division, and the European Division

in partnership with

The Embassy of Italy & the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington D.C present


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Presentation & short video 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Dining Room A, LM620 followed by A collections display 3:30-4:30 p.m.

(7)Design Exhibition

Design exhibitions present a coterie of young Chinese designers including Lu Yang, Angel Chen, Min Wu, and Hiuman Chau. Emerging as the new generation of the internationally-influenced Chinese artists, their work celebrates the true spirit of playfulness, freedom, and self-expression, exemplified by their bold uses of color andprints,emphasisontechnology,andtheirreflections onculturalconfluences.

In collaboration with Special Special, an independent art gallery/shop located in the East Village, CCF 2017 organizes a pop-up exhibition by edgy contemporary designer and artist LU Yang. The exhibition represents a collection of garments and latest video art, showcasing a modern Asian outlook on urban chic and visual aesthetics. Stimulated by a medley of boundary-pushing multimedia works that explore neuroscience, mortality and religion, LU’s work tends to invoke a“shock and awe”reaction.

LU’s work was featured in the China Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Her pieces balance intense color, body parts, and Asian motifs. Her fearless fashion design offers a sophisticated look at Asian subculture, and are based on Lu Yang’s concept of“art with no boundaries.”

Designers Angel Chen, Min Wu, and Hiuman Chau participate in the Modern Sky Festival which takes place in both New York City and Los Angeles in September, collaborating with the participating music groups by creating unique clothing for them and presenting their show videos on the LED screen on stage.

(8) Music Performances

The Modern Sky Festival 2017

Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation collaborates with the Modern Sky Festival to bring artistic elements into the music festival. In addition to the participation of fashion designers, legendary rock musician and contemporary artist Zuoxiao Zuzhou presents a series of his paintings titled“Wrong Version”which blends together his oil paintings,acrylicgraffiti,andhispastalbumcoverdesign. Zuoxiao’s work along with the designers’fashion videos will be exhibited on the LED screen during the festival, taking the stage as their canvases.

After three years in New York City and a decade of festivals in China, Modern Sky brings its signature festival to New York on September 30 and to LA for the first time on September 23. A full day of music and festivities takes place at Santa Anita Park, California and features Beijing-based singer-songwriter sensation Ma Di, folk songstress A Si, seminal Beijing post-punkers Re-TROS, hip-hop crew HHH, Korean indie sensations Hyukoh, and Californian music bands The Molochs and Cotillon.

Now in its fourth year, the Modern Sky Festival NYC returns to Central Park on September 30, with headline acts including Hong Kong music and film icon Edison Chen, indie-pop songwriter A Si, Re-TROS, HHH, and additional Modern Sky USA Records singers Calvin Love and Brian Hill.


New York

Date: September 30, 2017

Address: Rumsey Playfield, Central Park NYC

Online Tickets

Price$59 - $179

Los Angels

Date: September 23, 2017

Address: Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA

Online Tickets

Price$59 - $179

(9)Guest City: Nan Jing
CCF 2017’s guest city, Nanjing is showcased through a series of activities over seven days. Organized by the Nanjing Municipal Committee and the Nanjing Municipal Government, Nanjing Week is an example of the strategy
“Chinese Cultural Go Global.”It aims at promoting Chinese cultureinternationallyandhighlightingtheimportanceof Nanjing. Nanjing Week was launched at the Milan Expo in 2015 and was presented at the London Design Festival in 2016. Now it moves to New York to continue introducing Chinese culture to international audiences. Coinciding with the iconic New York Fashion Week, Nanjing Week features a special program including an opening ceremony, couture runwayshows,musicalperformances,designtours,and travel inspirations. Highlights of the program include a
“Future City”seminar“, The Taste of Nanjing”culinary event, International Forum series, and various exhibitions, showrooms and performances highlighting the modern culture, tradition, and flavors of Nanjing.
Opening Ceremony: Hello, New York
-"Splendid Nanjing" Opening Exhibition
Date: September 4th-8th, 2017
Venue: F1, United Nations Headquarters Building
It will present in forms of pictures to the United Nations a "Splendid Nanjing" that is both ancient and modern through six parts, namely Cultural Qinhuai, Exchange Window, Great beauty Qixia,Arts of Nanjing, Nanjing Taste and Nanjing Jiangbei New Area.
-Nanjing City Promotion Conference
Date: September 7th, 2017
Venue: F4, United Nations Headquarters Building
The "Nanjing City" Promotion Conference will present Nanjing comprehensively as a city image of long history and infinite vitality. Qinhuai, the urban area of Nanjing full of goodness and elegance, and Nanjing Jiangbei New Area driven by science and technology, enhance each other, which will win Nanjing a fresh image as a charming tourist city.
-"Nanjing Taste" Tasting Party
Date: September 7th, 2017
Venue: The Diplomat Canteen of the United Nations Headquarters
On behalf of the authentic taste of Nanjing food, Nanjing Impressions will strike a fresh pose in the United Nations with 18 Nanjing dishes like May-ling Congee, Nanjing Mixed Vegetables and Osmanthus-scented Steamed Sponge to strike foreign friends.
Cultural Hall
Date: September 8th-11th, 2017
Venue: Grand Central Station
-Nanjing Face : "One City Ten Faces" Images Show
The show will invite ten recommended people to relate to the New York citizens ten stories respectively so as to show "the Nanjing in their hearts" with ten pieces of videos from ten different perspectives, and ten invitations will be sent out to the New York citizens.
-Nanjing Showroom:VR Show of Nanjing Landscape
The latest digital and technological means like VR and AR will be used to make the real world connected with the virtual world so as to achieve the dream of traversing between cities. So New Yorkers will personally experience the great beauty of Nanjing.
-Nanjing culture and art women's space - "Women Influence"
It will take "Four Arts of the Chinese Scholar" as its theme, integrate Chinese elements with international characteristics, and adhere to the principle of both preserving the existing and making relevant innovations so as to show the positive influences that Nanjing female artists make on social cultures and arts.
-Nanjing characteristic culture show
Through the Nanjing tourism promotion and Qinhuai Day, Qixia Day, Jiangning Day and other theme show, the creativity, enterprises and brands of Nanjing will be presented to the world and dialogues will be made between New York and Nanjing.
International Forum
-Memory, Narrative and Place-based Design: Workshop & Exhibition
Date: September 13th, 2017
Venue: New Museum
"Memory Place" is derived from city resources and space innovation. This forum, together with"Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge Memory Plan"special exhibition, will let the architecture tell stories so as to popularize and improve the cultural image of Nanjing.
-"Golden Phoenix Tree" Nanjing·New York Cultural Creativity Summit Forum
Date: September 8th, 2017
Venue: Columbia University
As a Chinese saying goes, "when the phoenix tree is planted, the phoenix will be attracted to fly and rest on it", the forum, through dialogues and communications, will seize the chance to guide entrepreneurs in cultural and creative industry of Nanjing to be international by innovation, trans-boundary and harmonization.
-Sino-US "Ancient Book Repair" International Workshop
Date: September 8th, 2017
Venue: Columbia University
Through visits and researches and the international workshop, the focus will be on the construction of disciplines of intangible cultural heritage like Ancient Book Repair and to talents cultivation in order to improve the internationalization of Nanjing intangible cultural heritage and industry cooperation.
-New York · Nanjing Creative Design Forum
Date: September 9th, 2017
Venue: ECCO Design
Top designers from New York City will be invited to share classical design cases of the world, analyze the new global trend of design, exchange thoughts with designers from Nanjing in depth and hold dialogues on "innovative design" on city level.
The Fashionable Orient
-Fashion Crossing -"Qinhuai River" theme fashion Show
Date: Septemper 11th, 2017 18:00
Venue: Skylight Clarkson square
Inspired by the profound connotations and a wealth of humane sentiments of Qinhuai River, hailed as the top river with historic and cultural significance in China, designer Lan Yu instilled this oriental landmark with the spirit of international fashion, creating a line of high-class clothing. Her designs will be displayed on the world stage of New York Fashion Week, allowing people across the globe to know more about the Nanjing style.
-YOHOPE Designers Cultivating Plan—BABYGHOST AW2017 Video Fashion Show
Date: Septemper 12th, 2017 20:00
Venue: Gallery 3, Skylight Clarkson square
A video fashion release will be held during the New York Fashion Week. Nanjing will be taken as the spot of photography. The video will introduce the power of fashion trend of Nanjing and will show the fashion attitude of a new generation of designers from Nanjing through novel ways of transmissibility to the world.
-The Unveiling of New York Shop of Nanjing Design Gallery\
New York-Nanjing Creative Design Center
Date: September 10th, 2017
Cooperator: NJ Design Gallery
100% Nanjing creativity, 100% Nanjing design, 100% Nanjing brands, connecting high-end resources, cultivating original brands and forging exhibiting and selling platforms for making Nanjing cultural creations international.
Dream plan
-2017 "Nanjing Week Dream Plan" Selected Project
Date: September 7th-13th, 2017
Cooperator: Nanjing Creative Design Center
As one of the series of Nanjing “Training Plan for Hundreds of Designers”, this project will select twenty outstanding Nanjing young designers and send them abroad so that they can learn the advanced design ideas, broaden their visions so as to cultivate more outstanding talents to design the bright future for Nanjing.
-"Go to Nanjing Together" VR Interactive Bicycle Riding
Date: September 8th-11th, 2017
Venue: Grand Central Station
VR 360° virtual reality technology, interactive three-dimension dynamic visual experience, and panoramic restoration of what one can hear, feel, see and touch when riding on Nanjing avenues with phoenix tree on both sides.
-The Magical Journey of Yong Dong: Intangible Cultural Heritage Multimedia Performance
Date: September 7th, 2017
Venue: F4,United Nations Headquarters Building
It will integrate the intangible cultural heritage with Chinese characteristics like Kun Opera into the stage drama with multimedia technology. Through this, the New York citizens will enjoy the historical accumulation of Nanjing as a“literature city” and its urban environment with a scenery of mountains and rivers.