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The 25 Best Art Neighborhoods in the World

798 Art Zone

Location: Beijing

Notable Galleries: Yuanfen New Media Space, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing Commune, Yan Club Art Center

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When Beijing's avant-garde was looking for a home in the 1950s, the factories of Beijing's Dashanzi District-now known as the 798 Art Zone-were just then being abandoned by the former military contractors who worked there, and no longer needed space. As the government frowned on the creation of such work, the artists decentralized to this area. As the popularity of the 798 Art Zone grew, so did its gentrification. But most exhibitors and businesses in the area found a way to show without charging participants any money: by hosting corporate events and other spectacles. The area has become one of the most artistically productive and storied in the nation.

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