The best exhibitions in Beijing this July

The best exhibitions and art events in Beijing this July

Our pick of the best art events and exhibitions on in Beijing this July. Some are on all month, while some are one-off events, so make sure you don't miss your chance to see some of the most talented names in contemporary art while they're showing in the capital.

Events disappear from this page as they pass, so if you're looking at a sparse page you missed the boat [sad face]. But come back next month for another glut of events to keep you entertained.

Joan Cornellà

Critics' pick

Spanish illustrator, cartoonist and artist Joan Cornellà is best known for his dark and surreal comedic comic strips that make clever, if a little absurd (and sometimes even offensive) social commentaries, and has amassed a huge social media following of nearly seven million. After a string of Asia exhibitions in recent years, this is his first Beijing solo show.

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Parkview Green Art 798 (芳草地画廊798) , D09 798 Zhong Er Jie 6-28 Jul

Xu Bing: Thought and Method

Critics' pick

Globally renowned for his conceptual and installation pieces, Xu Bing creates a space where viewers can immerse themselves within his world. Xu brings his keen observation skills to bear as he displays his unique insight, encompassing both a reflection on traditional East Asian culture as well as a nuanced view of contemporary societal changes.

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Shang Yang, Wang Chuan, Yan Shanchun: A State of Mind

Critics' pick

Despite all being born during the '40s and '50s, artists Shang Yang, Wang Chuan and Yan Shanchun have forged notably distinct paths in response to China's '85 New Wave movement, yet share a similar interest in painter Cy Twombly's extensive oeuvre. This exhibition displays the latest work from these artists and explores their affinity for the American artist.

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Chambers Fine Art Beijing (前波画廊) , Caocangdi Every day except Monday

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

Critics' pick

From his company’s modest beginnings in Nottingham to its international prominence today, this exhibition showcases Paul Smith's intuitive take on design, and the British fashion designer's journey in building his brand, as well as his evolving stylistic tastes.

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Today Art Museum (北京今日美术馆) , 32 Baiziwan Lu Every day except Monday Buy tickets

Olafur Eliasson: The unspeakable openness of things

Critics' pick

A retrospective of Olafur Eliasson's most iconic works, The unspeakable openness of things is the revered Icelandic-Danish artist's first solo show in Beijing. Encompassing Red Brick Museum's eight exhibition halls, visitors will journey through a series of large-scale immersive installations which playfully explore light, mist, geometry and illusion.

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Red Brick Contemporary Art Museum , Shunbai Lu Every day except Monday

Intersection: International Art & Culture

Critics' pick

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Arthur M Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University and the 120th anniversary of Peking University, the Sackler Museum in Beijing is hosting two concurrent exhibitions: 'Uncovering Truth' from the School of Archaeology Collection and 'Intersection: International Art & Culture'.

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