9th Shanghai Biennale

The Shanghai Biennale is the largest international arts event in mainland China. Opening on 1 October 2012, the 9th Shanghai Biennale is expected to attract over eight million visitors over six months.

2012 marks a new beginning for the Biennale which, formerly shown at the colonial-era Shanghai Art Museum, will relocate to the new Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, the first and largest public museum of contemporary art in mainland China.

The site has been restored from its past incarnations as a light-bulb factory, an energy plant, and later, the site of the Future Pavilion at the Shanghai 2010 World Expo. The Biennale’s theme “Reactivation” relates to this history of the site as an old industrial cluster; the birthplace of Chinese modern industry.

This year, the Biennale is under the direction of an international curatorial team, led by Chief Curator Qiu Zhijie, one of China’s most dynamic and influential contemporary artists and a leading curator, critic and educator. Co-curators include German art critic Boris Groys, Jens Hoffman, Director of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, and Johnson Chang, curator and co-founder of the Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.

As part of its diverse exhibition program, the 9th Shanghai Biennale presents for the first time the InterCity Pavilion project with the theme “Rediscover”. Institutions from cities around the world—including Sydney’s 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art—have been invited to guest-curate special exhibitions to be housed in a precinct of historic Art Deco buildings near the Bund, with the Sydney Pavilion occupying prime space facing on to the busy central thoroughfare of East Nanjing Road.

For more information about the Shanghai Biennale please visit the official website: www.shanghaibiennale.com

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