Today’s Yesterday: the 1st Anren Biennale in Chengdu, China

It has been announced that the 1st Anren Biennale will take place from 1 October 2017 to 10 January 2018. 

Taking place in Anren, Chengdu, the Biennale will be overseen by art historian and curator Lu Peng, and will comprise four different curatorial sections. The preview will take place on 29 and 30 September 2017.

Design: Liu Juntao (Hills Culture Communication).

Design: Liu Juntao (Hills Culture Communication).

The Anren Biennale – under the title of “Today’s Yesterday” – brings together four exhibition projects from Chinese and international curators. Questions considered include the relationship between past and present art, and the legacies that specific artworks leave behind:

Today’s Yesterday aims to be a strongly reflective topic about the question of what present actually means? What is the Art of Today? The biennale wants to inquire, how the art of the contingent present may be historicized, how it becomes a geopolitical legacy, questioning the historical narrative of international art.

The Biennale aims to

create a meeting point in West-South China in the field of visual arts between artists of diverse cultures and generations, creating an international professional network for the exchange of ideas.

Furthermore, the Biennale hopes to contribute to the “sustainable cultural landscape” of Anren, Chengdu, hallmarking it as an important and ongoing centre of artistic and cultural discourse, which will in turn impact the city of Chengdu itself.

The four projects include “Crossroads”, curated by Liu Ding and Carol Lu Yinghua; “The Szechwan Tale: Theatre and History”, curated by Marco Scotini, who was recently appointed curator of the 2nd Yinchuan Biennale; “The Rthetoric of Family Tree”curated by Lan Qingwei and Du Xiyun and “A Future that Never Returns”, curated by Liu Jie and Lu Jing (Rain). There will also be a programme of events focused on integrating the new biennale with the local community.

Lu Peng, who will oversee the biennale, is an art historian and professor of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute and the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts. He has curated numerous shows including the Chengdu Biennale (2011), “Pure Views: New Painting from China” at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan (2013) and “A Gift for Marco Polo” at the Venice Biennale (2009).

Anna Jamieson

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