画廊前身为Universal Studios-Beijing，2005年由荷兰策展人Waling Boers与知名中国策展人皮力共同创立。2016年，北京保利拍卖艺术部前负责人贾伟成为画廊合伙人，同年，画廊正式落户北京798艺术区核心地段。2017年，画廊在纽约上东区增设新空间，旨在不断变化的当代环境中发展和交流艺术。在时代性与历史性之间，画廊将继续平衡新锐艺术家与大师艺术家的比例，积极与藏家、策展人及机构合作，为艺术家提供实现创造力的国际平台，肩负建立、解放并持续影响中国当代艺术史的使命感。
Since its foundation in 2005, Boers-Li Gallery has exhibited and supported the various generations of Chinese contemporary art, exploring its history and pioneering young artists in all media. The gallery represents artists from the first avant-garde movements emerging after the Cultural Revolution, including the 1970s underground period of the Stars and No Name Groups, from the Beijing Abstract Art Movement in the early 1980s, the 85 New Wave Movement, the New Media Movement in the 1990s, to the most recent generation of the Post Internet era. Today, with venues in both Beijing and New York, Boers-Li Gallery is equipped to establish and emancipate the history of Chinese contemporary art and different Chinese traditions that continue to influence, and to start a dialog between the cutting-edge of the Chinese avant-garde and selected Western positions that pursue ideas for a globalized world.
Initially known as Universal Studio Beijing, Boers-Li Gallery was established in 2005 by Waling Boers, a Dutch curator with connections to Chinese artists as founder of the non-profit art space Büro Friedrich in Berlin, and Chinese curator Pi Li. It moved into its current venue in the center of 798 Art District in Beijing in 2016, the year that Jia Wei, former head of the Beijing Poly Auction art department, joined as a partner to co-lead the gallery together with Boers. In 2017, the gallery opened new spaces in the Upper East Side of New York, aiming to develop and communicate art in the constantly changing contemporary context. In contemporary showcases and historical exhibitions, the gallery will continue to mediate between new and renowned artistic positions, engaging with collectors as well as institutional curators, above all, giving artists a platform to pursue and materialize innovative ideas.