Pickled Art in Shangrila
I thought Shangri-La was a fictional place created by Brit. author James Hilton in his novel Lost Horizon (1933). It turns out that Shangrila is Beigao’s art district. I chanced upon this useless information thanks to Coxsoft Art's having been invited to attend the opening of Contemporary Beijing on 14 March at the Pickled Art Centre, which was established in 1999 in Shangrila and boasts its own bronze-casting foundry. Now the important news: PAC has an international artist exchange programme and you don't need any artistic talent to apply! (Maybe a diploma?) Look at Dawn Csutoros beaming happily in a corner of her installation thingy Ink, Tea and Coal (2007). Hey, Chinese folks. See, no talent! Aren't I a clever girl, then? If you fancy inflicting dross on the Land of the Giant Panda, click the title link to find the PAC application form.