Galerie Urs Meile

Gallery Introduction

Since its establishment in 1992, Galerie Urs Meile has contributed to the presentation and dissemination of contemporary art, from painting and sculpture to photography, installation and video. The gallery is working from two locations: Lucerne (Switzerland) and Beijing (China). While its center of operations is based in Switzerland, the Beijing gallery has established itself as an international meeting place for collectors, curators, artists and aficionados of the arts.

Galerie Urs Meile was one of the first international galleries to focus on the Chinese art scene and has been working on an international level with Chinese artists since 1995. The gallery represents established artists such as Wang Xingwei, Xie Nanxing, Qiu Shihua, Not Vital, Tobias Rehberger (in Asia), as well as emerging artists such as Chen Fei, Cheng Ran, Li Gang, Zhou Siwei, Hu Qingyan and Julia Steiner.

The opening of Galerie Urs Meile’s new space in the 798 Art District in Beijing in May 2017 marks a further stage in the expansion of the gallery’s activities. The new space is located in one of 798’s historical buildings that once made up the Dashanzi factory complex. The former warehouse has been completely renovated under the guidance of the Japanese architect Mitsunori Sano. On 520 square meters, it contains generous exhibition and reception areas, offices, and storage rooms. Offering perfect conditions for exhibitions and events featuring its diverse roster of contemporary artists, the new venue represents Galerie Urs Meile’s commitment to the city‘s vibrant art scene.

The artist-in-residence program supported and run by Galerie Urs Meile in Beijing offers Western artists the opportunity to work in China for several months and establish a network within the Chinese art scene. In the frame of this cooperation, emerging and established artists present projects that have been specifically made for the Beijing gallery space. 

Exhibition Introduction

Wang Xingwei

Galerie Urs Meile 798: The Code of Physiognomy

21.03.19 - 12.05.19

Galerie Urs Meile Caochangdi: Shenyang Night

21.03.19 - 31.03.19

Galerie Urs Meile is honored to announce the opening of The Code of Physiognomy, the solo exhibition by Wang Xingwei (*1969, Shenyang, China) at our gallery space in 798. The exhibition will cover the main body of works that Wang Xingwei has painted since his last solo exhibition in 2016. 

In the main space of the gallery, the audience will first confront Noon Break (2017/2018/2019, oil on canvas, 4x 200 x 240 cm). The work is considered to be the further development and aftermath of his Japanese Soldiers series with a fictional theme of “Ridiculous World-War II Anti-Japanese Resistance Stories” that feature vivid descriptions and pictures of negative images like “Japanese Devils”, Chinese traitors, etc. That series was culminated in Honor and Disgrace, his last solo show. At the end of the gallery hall, audience will see a suite of four paintings in the name of Four Seasons (2016/2017, oil on canvas, 4x 240 x 200 cm) including four portraitures. Other works selected by the artist included in the show are deliberately shown in pairs or groups, which are subtly related to each other in sense of the construction or tones of the color. 

At the same time, the exhibition titled Shenyang Night will also open in our former gallery space in Caochangdi concurrent with the Gallery Weekend Beijing 2019 (March 21-31). The eponymous work, Shenyang Night (2018, oil on canvas, 300 x 500 cm), forms the centerpiece of the show. Together with this monumental work, several pieces in the topics of youth and Romance will also be included in this show.  

D10, 798 East Street, 798 Art Zone, Chaoyang District, Beijing