Need more oxen in your life? Enjoy Lunar New Year-inspired art at NAMOC!

The National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) is holding an exhibition to celebrate Spring Festival. Alongside paintings, sculptures and paper cuttings of oxen, you can also appreciate paintings on the theme of spring and vitality by both Chinese and international artists including Ansel Adams, David Hockney and Qi Baishi. 

Read on to find out more about the exhibition and how to book!

National Art Museum of China (NAMOC)
‘Cow and Calf’, Bai Xiu E, 1990s
‘The Ploughing Bull’, Pan He, 1984

The exhibition, The Vitality of Art, covers all the halls at the museum until March 14th. Halls are  organised by theme, with the central hall being occupied by the exhibition of the museum’s oxen exhibit. If you tire of the exhibitions, walk right from the entrance to the museum’s comfortable if slightly pricey cafe.

The NAMOC cafe
‘Flying Boats on the Plateau’, Yao Zhonghua, 1985
‘Atlantic Crossing’, David Hockney, 1965
‘Moon and Half Dome’, Ansel Adams, 1960

How to Book

As with most tourist attractions, due to the pandemic advance booking is required (a minimum of one day before). Here’s a guide to booking, though it might be different depending on your phone and version of WeChat.

Book online by searching for the museum’s official WeChat account (中国美术馆 Zhongguo Meishuguan).

1) Follow the account. Click on 服务与活动 then 门票预约.

2) Register by entering a username (用户登录) and password (密码) of your choice, followed by the captcha. Then book your preferred time by clicking on 门票预约 again and selecting a time. Only available days are able to be selected. 

3) Fill in your ID type (护照 is passport), the number 证件号码, your name 真实姓名 and phone number 手机号码. Press 确认 to confirm and you’re set! Your confirmation will appear in your WeChat notifications. 

4) Show your booking confirmation to the security guard when you arrive and give your passport to the ticket office attendant. Entry is free. 

‘Spring Ox’, Anonymous, Qing Dynasty

The Vitality of Art (free of charge)
National Art Museum of China 中国美术馆
Until March 14th 2021, 9am-5pm except Mondays
Last entry 4pm
Subway: National Art Museum (Line 8)

Note that photographs are allowed in the museum.

What exhibitions around Beijing have you been to recently? What’s your favourite gallery? Let us know in the comments below. We always love hearing your thoughts and insights! 

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– Cultural Keys


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