International famous people to encourage the project
There were many personalities in attendance: Mr Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former Prime Minister and Vice-president of the French Senate, Fan Di’an, director of the National Art Museum of China, Jean-Paul Desroches, the curator of the Guimet museum, Dong Qiang, professor at Beijing University and one of China’s most prominent French speakers, Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO of Schneider, Catherine Pégard, director of the Château de Versailles and Henry-Claude Cousseau, the former director of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
A common cultural link between Asia and Europe
The YISHU 8 house is in the heart of Beijing, a stone’s throw from the Forbidden City, in an old glazed tile building. Once through the door, visitors leave behind the city's bustle and discover a surprising atmosphere, a quiet but cheerfully decorated space that blends Chinese and Western influences.
It took more than six months to renovate a remarkable old building which has been listed as it is a unique combination of French and Chinese architectural details. Both floors are flooded with light but the ground floor has the biggest exhibition space. It also includes two salons, a bar and a conference room.
On the first floor, the white gallery is dedicated to emerging contemporary creations and two workshops are reserved for the resident artists to work in. The Edmond de Rothschild salon is devoted to wine, one of our abiding passions. .
YISHU 8 is a space that throws up bridges between two cultures and also celebrates a certain art of good living so it was only natural for our Group to participate in the project by highlighting the Rothschild family's non-banking activities.