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Chinese modern art comes of age
Art galleries in Beijing have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. Amongst other things, the sale of a work by Chinese artist Yue Minjun in 2007 for 2.9 million pounds at Sotheby’s appears to have been a catalyst for the Chinese government to embrace the group of people they once saw as a threat. The result has been an unprecedented boom in the number of Beijing art galleries, particularly in the 798 and Caochangdi art districts. International art galleries such as Faurschou and Ullens have also since moved in.