Since its inauguration, the Shanghai Biennale has repeatedly taken the city
itself and its urban conditions as a starting point for its artistic explorations.
In line with this, the curatorial team of the 2008 edition proposes to give
the People’s Square (Rénmín Guăngchăng) a central
role in the exhibition. According to the curators, this public square
seems to contain on a small-scale level a lot of crucial issues that the current
Chinese society faces today.
About twenty emerging and established artists have been invited to create
new artworks, taking the People's Square as visual metaphor for the complex
dynamics of the people’s mobility. Their work will be displayed on various
media within and outside of the museum, which is actually part of the square.
The galleries on the mezzanine floor will host an additional exhibition about
the history of the People's Square since the beginning of the 20th Century.
The second part of the main exhibition at the Shanghai Art Museum will feature
solo-shows of three prominent artists, reflecting on "mobility related
to the urban, economical and social developments".
On the third floor another twenty artists will be showing mostly existing
works which reflect on the theme of the exhibition, but in this case using
non-Shanghai related contexts.
There will also be biennial artworks exhibited at other public spaces, such
as the international airport and the main train station.
Curatorial team of the 7th Shanghai Biennale
Deputy Director of Shanghai Art Museum
Artistic Director of K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Dean Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design, The Netherlands
Coordinator, Shanghai Biennale Office
Curator Shanghai Art Museum
Shanghai Art Museum
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