BOERS-LI GALLERY was founded in 2005 by Waling Boers, a Dutch curator who had previously established connections to Chinese artists as founder of the non-profit art space Büro Friedrich in Berlin, and Chinese curator Pi Li. Initially called Universal Studio-Beijing, they soon changed the name to Boers-Li Gallery, and in 2010 moved into Beijing’s 798 Art Zone. In 2012, Waling Boers became the sole owner of the gallery. In 2016, he was joined as a partner by Jia Wei, an expert on Chinese art and former head of the Beijing Poly Auction art department.
BOERS-LI GALLERY represents successive generations of internationally operating Chinese artists and seeks to open dialogues between the different stages of Chinese contemporary art: the “underground” period of No Name Group and Star Group from the 1970s, the Beijing Abstract Movement from the early 1980s, the ’85 New Wave Movement, the New Media Movement in the 1990s, as well as the younger generations: the so-called “Millennials” and “Post-Internet.”
The exhibition space in Beijing is located in the center of the 798 Art Zone and occupies around 400 square meters, divided over two floors. In September 2017, an additional space opened in New York on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, within walking distance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. The gallery participate in various international art fairs such as Frieze New York and Frieze Masters, Art Basel in Switzerland and in Hong Kong, and regional fairs in Shanghai, Taipei and Singapore.