Gallery Weekend Beijing Drew Nearly 200,000 In-Person Visitors Despite a Regional Audience and Enduring Travel Restrictions


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After the turmoil that stalled much of the 2020 art calendar, Gallery Weekend Beijing marks one of the first signs of a return to interacting with art in real life—and so far there’s been robust demand. Originally scheduled for March, the fifth-annual edition of the event was postponed to May and ran for a week before ending yesterday (though some visiting galleries are continuing their runs for additional weeks). The surprisingly high number of in-person visitors—199,000 according to the official count—largely came from the region. The figure marked a 72 percent year-on-year growth in visitors, organizers said, though it’s safe...