past | LEANDRO ERLICH: PROJECT SHANGHAI

Leandro Erlich, "Changing Rooms", 2013. Photo by Justin Jin.

November 8th through 24th, 2013
Jing An Kerry Center, Atrium
1515 Nanjing Xi Lu, Jing’an District, Shanghai

Simply entitled Project Shanghai, the first solo project in China of internationally renowned artist Leandro Erlich comprises two large site-specific installations the artist has produced following his recent researches in Shanghai.

Leandro Erlich, born to an Argentine architecture family in 1973, is widely known for his intriguing optical illusions that allure his befuddled viewers to explore. His staged spaces can always turn the most assured situation upside down. With a single gesture to the architectural structure, Erlich transforms all sorts of everyday places into a baffling and deceptive visual maze, which challenge people’s common sense and further deliver an altered reality. The uncanny and sinister aesthetics of film directors Alfred Hitchcock, Roman Polanski, Luis Buñel and David Lynch directly influence Erlich’s artistic rendering. While the fictional world of the Argentine writer Jorge Louis Borges is thoroughly absorbed into the artist’s imagination.

For his first solo project in China, Erlich presents a commissioned new installation Shikumen House which is the latest reincarnation from his most famous projects Reflective Optical Illusion House. Shikumen is a traditional Shanghainese architectural style blending both Chinese and western elements into its two or three-story Anglo-American terraced house. It features high brick walls and a narrow front yard forming strong gateways at the front, which the name “stone gate” (Shikumen in Chinese) refers to. It was widely developed in the early 20th century and reached to its height during and after the second world war, when more than 80% of the population in the city lived in there. However, Shikumen is no longer capable of accommodating the increasing population and urban development in recent years. Many were dismantled and replaced by skyscrapers. Only a small portion was preserved as a cultural heritage in former French concession. But Shikumen still lives in memories of many Shanghainese and becomes an emotional equivalent of that special period of Shanghainese life. The investigation of gentrification and urbanism in Shanghai is the core to Erlich’s Shikumen installation.

Shikumen House resembles a movie set, featuring a life-size façade of an authentic Shikumen style terraced house lying horizontally on the ground with a large-scale mirror hung over head at 45 degree angle. It encourages visitors to sit, stand and lay on it, to create surrealistic reflections of people climbing or dangling against the laws of gravity. By placing visitor into the Shikumen background, the artist disrupts our own notion of reality, creating new possibilities and situations. Variations of this series includes Bâtiment (Paris, 2004 & 2011) , Tsumari House (Echigo Tsumari Triennale, Japan, 2006), Edificio Buenos Aires (2012), Dalston House (London, 2013), etc.

The other work Changing Rooms invites visitors to pursue their own reflections through mirror after mirror inside rows of boutique’s changing rooms. Confronted by infinite repetitions of the selfness, visitors are transported into the matrix of insatiable desire, a replay of Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (1999). When you are traumatized by the sense of loss, the sudden appearance of a blank wall would knock you up, leaving you awake with a trace of confounding feeling to this self-exploration. Changing Rooms revisits Erlich’s El Ballet Studio, which was on view in Shanghai Biennale 2002, featuring three Tai-Chi performers specifically for Shanghai Biennale. A special version of Changing Rooms was included in Erlich’s project with Hermès this year.

Leandro Erlich has exhibited in many prestigious institutions and Biennales, such as MoMA P.S.1 and the Whitney Biennial in New York, Museo de Arte Contemporanea in Rome, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Tsumari Triennale in Japan, Centre George Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and the 49th and 51st Venice Biennale, among many others. Erlich was awarded Eliza Prize in 1998, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award Unesco Prize during Istanbul Biennial in 2001.

Erlich’s works have entered numerous private and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Tate Modern, London; Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris; 21st Century Museum of Art Kanazawa, Japan; MACRO, Rome; FNAC, France, etc.

The artist lives and works in Buenos Aires.

 
 
莱安德罗•埃利希:上海计划
2013年11月8日至24日
地址:静安嘉里中心
上海市静安区南京西路1515号

LEO XU PROJECTS 很荣幸地带来国际知名艺术家莱安德罗•埃利希(Leandro Erlich)首个中国个展《上海计划》。该项目是第15届上海国际艺术节的项目之一。本次展览包括两件为现场空间的历史和属性创作的、需要观众参与互动的大型装置作品,分别在静安嘉里中心及其毗邻广场上展出。自展览2013年11月9日开幕以来作品每天吸引了上千名观众,亦应众多观众要求展览延长至2013年11月24日。

莱安德罗•埃利希,1973年出生于阿根廷的建筑世家。以他创作的奇妙视觉幻象并欢迎观众走进一探究竟而广泛著称。看似简单的空间作品总能颠覆常规,只要对这些建筑空间稍加改造,艺术家便能将熟知的日常情景打造成令人困惑不解充满假象的视觉迷宫。这些作品挑战我们的常识,并展现给观众一个不同的现实。埃利希的艺术创作深受电影大师阿尔弗雷德•希区柯克(Alfred Hitchcock)、罗曼•波兰斯基(Roman Polanski)、路易斯•布努埃尔(Luis Buñel)和大卫•林奇(David Lynch)的神秘悬疑的电影美学影响。而阿根廷的文学前辈豪尔赫•路易斯•博尔赫斯(Jorge Louis Borges)的南美魔幻主义小说则深深地植入艺术家的想象之中,成为其灵感源泉。

《石库门》是艺术家专为中国观众量身定制的一件公共艺术装置作品,是之前全球巡展的著名项目“反射的视觉幻象房子”的最新版本。石库门为上海传统的建筑形式,融合中西方元素,两至三层楼的欧美式排屋。它由高高的砖墙和狭窄的前院组成坚固的门关,亦即“石库门”所指。这种建筑早在上世纪初期广泛建造并在二战期间达到鼎盛,有多达80%的城市人口聚居于此。然而石库门已经不能再满足飞速增长的人口数量和城市化建设。近些年大部分的石库门被拆迁,取而代之的是高耸的摩天大楼。目前只有一小部分作为文化遗产保留于现在所谓的“法租界”。然而石库门仍留存在许多上海人的记忆中,成为那段岁月的感情象征。因此,探索城市发展中的高档化(gentrification)和城市化扩张成为埃利希《石库门》项目的核心主题。

埃利希的《石库门》装置由一个真实大小的经典石库门建筑立面平放在地面,上方以45度角悬挂大幅镜面而组成的一个电影场景般装置。观众可以坐着、站着或者躺着,在镜子的反射中仿佛脱离重力随意攀爬,犹如置身电影《盗梦空间》的情境。同一系列的作品曾在世界多个重要的艺术机构和场馆展出,每次作品都体现了艺术家对当地的城市历史、建筑和美学的研究,近期著名的版本包括, 2013年伦敦Barbican艺术中心展出的《达尔斯顿楼》(Dalston House)、2006年日本的越后妻有艺术三年展的《妻有屋》(Tsumari House)、2004年巴黎著名艺术节《白夜》中的《大厦》(Bâtiment)等。每到一处艺术家的这件装置总能引起一时热潮。

本次上海项目另外一件作品《试衣间》亦是艺术家对城市消费文化做出的幽默的注脚。在购物中心中庭,艺术家立起一座庞大的试衣间。《试衣间》再现了艺术家多年来对视觉错觉、空间错置的掌控。当观众进入试衣间时,一层层的迷宫和镜像的诱惑随即扑面而来,仿佛陷入斯坦利•库布里克的电影《大开眼戒》(1999)中永无止境的欲望矩阵。然而自我迷失的恐惧将会被尽头的白墙打散,留给观众的是一丝探索自我的疑惑。2013年在与爱马仕的合作项目中,埃利希创作了另一件特别规格的《试衣间》。

本次展览是自2002年埃利希在《第四届上海双年展:都市营造》上亮相以来,首个中国个人展览。当时为上海双年展创作的《芭蕾舞房》就实现了对空间透视和错觉的控制,展示了虚构的镜像的太极表演。2008年,首展于香港天星码头的由Zaha Hadid设计的可拆卸的移动美术馆巡展《流动的艺术(Mobile Art)》上埃利希创作了水面反射的巴黎街景假象。

埃利希自事业初期就在艺术评论界享有美誉。评论家将他的作品与玛格丽特(Magritte)、霍普(Hopper)和希区柯克(Hitchcock)相比,或同辛迪•舍曼(Cindy Sherman)的创作相联系。纽约时报的首席艺评人荷兰•科特(Holland Cotter)赞扬埃利希的《TOURISMO(旅游业)》是威尼斯双年展(2001年)中最棒的作品之一。英国《卫报》评论说:“他的每一件作品都是奇妙的现实逃避,让观众在那一顷刻间完全融入艺术之中。”伦敦Barbican艺术中心盛赞埃利希《达尔斯顿楼》“是最令人疑惑而精彩的文化作品之一,我们坚信它将让孩子和大人们叹为观止。”

埃利希的作品受邀参展过全球诸多著名的艺术机构和双年展,例如,纽约的MoMA P.S.1和惠特尼双年展、罗马的当代艺术馆、明尼那波利斯的沃克艺术中心、日本的妻有三年展、巴黎的蓬皮杜艺术中心和东京宫,以及第49届和第51届威尼斯双年展等。迄今为止,埃利希的作品已经进入大量知名私人及公共机构收藏,其中包括伦敦泰特当代艺术美术馆、巴黎当代艺术馆、日本金泽21世纪美术馆、罗马当代艺术馆、布宜诺斯艾利斯现代美术馆、休斯敦美术馆、法国的FNAC等。除此之外,他亦是琼•米切尔基金会授予联合国教科文组织奖的获奖者(2001)。

莱安德罗•埃利希现生活和工作于布宜诺斯艾利斯。

 

Leandro Erlich, "Shikumen House", 2013. Photo by Justin Jin.


Leandro Erlich, "Shikumen House", 2013. Photo by Justin Jin.


Leandro Erlich, "Changing Rooms", 2013. Photo by Justin Jin.


Leandro Erlich, "Changing Rooms", 2013. Photo by Justin Jin.


 
 

current | PLEASE FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT AS WE ARE EXPERIENCING SOME TURBULENCE

Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence

March 18th through April 30th, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, March 17th, 6-8pm

David Kordansky Gallery and Leo Xu Projects are pleased to present “Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence”, a collaborative group exhibition held at Leo Xu Projects, Lane 49, Building 3, Fuxing Xi Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai. The show will be on view from March 18 until April 30, 2017. An opening reception will take place on Friday, March 17 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.

Featuring artists from both of the galleries’ programs, Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence will examine how a wide and heterogeneous array of aesthetic positions can reflect, refract, and bear witness to an uncertain state of global affairs. The exhibition will include work by Kathryn Andrews, Andrea Büttner, Chen Wei, Heman Chong, Sam Gilliam, Zach Harris, Evan Holloway, Rashid Johnson, Gabriel Lester, Li Qing, Liu Shiyuan, Pixy Liao, Jonas Lund, Tala Madani, Chris Martin, Torbjørn Rødland, Sissel Tolaas, Tom of Finland, Wei Jia, Ming Wong, and Betty Woodman.

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news | CHEN WEI, SOLO INSTITUTIONAL EXHIBITION IN AUSTRALIA

CHEN WEI: The Club
March 24 – May 7, 2017
Opening: Thursday 23 March, 6–8pm
Centre for Contemporary Photography
404 George St, Fitzroy
Melbourne, Victoria 3065
Australia

Titled “The Club”, Chen Wei’s first institutional solo exhibition in Australia is to open on March 23, 2017 and runs until May 7 at Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.

Beijing-based artist Chen Wei’s practice actively blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction through the construction of carefully staged scenes and handcrafted objects. The Club – his first solo exhibition in a public institution in Australia – comprises a series of photographs and installations that fabricate a visual archive of Chinese club culture. Chen has meticulously recreated the architecture, interiors and culture of nightclubs to celebrate this previously undocumented subculture and to provide a commentary on wider social changes that have been taking place in China.

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news | CUI JIE IN THE NEW NORMAL: ART AND CHINA IN 2017 AT UCCA

The New Normal:Art and China in 2017
March 19–July 9, 2017 
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) 
798 Art District
No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District
100015 BeijingChina 

What is the place of art in China today? Or rather, in a world where the underpinnings of the post-World War II consensus have come suddenly loose, a world whose most prosperous corners find themselves in thrall to sectarian populism, a world increasingly unable to deny the changes wrought to its ecosystem by the last hundred years of human emissions, and a world in which, despite it all, China continues to grow in output and influence, what is to be done?

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news | GABRIEL LESTER IN KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE 2016

Gabriel Lester, Dwelling Kappiri Spirits, 2016

Kochi-Muziris Biennale:
Forming in the Pupil of an Eye
December 12th, 2016 through March 29th, 2017 

 

Gabriel Lester is featured among 97 artists who have been invited to create new works in this year’s Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the largest contemporary art biennial in South Asia. Curated by the eminent Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty, the third edition of the Biennale is titled Forming in the Pupil of an Eye. The Biennale will run from December 12, 2016 until March 29, 2017.
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news | HE AN, SOLO EXHIBITION AT ACCA, MELBOURNE

He An:
Do You Think That You Can Help Her Brother?
February 11th, 2017 through April 23rd, 2017 
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
111 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

 

He An’s neon light installation, Do You Think You Can Help Her Brother?, will be presented on the northern façade of ACCA’s iconic architecture as a keynote public project for Asia TOPA, comprised of Chinese characters gleaned from shopfronts and various sites throughout the city of Beijing, telling a dark story about love, desire and power in.

Drawn from popular news stories and online social media, Do You Think You Can Help Her Brother? combines found texts to create a narrative poem that relays the experience of marginalized labour workers, popular Chinese novels, the sex industry and criminal underground networks in Chinese society.
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past | NINA CANELL: REFLEXOLOGY

Nina Canell: Reflexology

November 9th, 2016 through January 15th, 2017
Opening reception: Wednesday, November 9th, 5-8pm

Nina Canell: “Reflexology” is the first solo exhibition of Berlin-based artist Nina Canell (b.1979, Sweden) to take place in China. Set across all three floors of the gallery space, Canell’s characteristically concise sculptural works of found and functional objects explore the often-overlapping networks and natural phenomena that surround us, probing the connections between material objects and immaterial forces. For this exhibition, Canell presents a series of new and recent works, incorporating site-specific elements and objects that have been sourced locally in Shanghai.

Taking the practice of reflexology as her starting point, Canell uses the exhibition format to investigate how the varying meanings of the term might be interpreted through the relationship between the work and its viewer.
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news | GABRIEL LESTER SOLO EXHIBITION AT CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE (CAC), VILNIUS

Gabriel Lester: The Nine Day Week
November 25th, 2016 through January 15th, 2017
Opening November 25th, 6pm

Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Vokiečių 2
LT-01130 Vilnius
Lithuania

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news | AAAJIAO IN TAKE ME I’M YOURS AT JEWISH MUSEUM NEW YORK

Take Me (I’m Yours)

September 16th, 2016 through February 5th, 2017

Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

Aaajiao presents a new installation in “Take Me (I’m Yours)” at the Jewish Museum. “Take Me (I’m Yours)” was originally conceived by Christian Boltanski and Hans Ulrich Obrist in 1995. The New York show is curated by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, the Jewish Museum; Hans Ulrich Obrist; and Kelly Taxter, Assistant Curator, the Jewish Museum.
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news | LIU CHUANG IN THE MAN WHO NEVER THREW ANYTHING AWAY AT GUANGDONG TIMES MUSEUM

Times Heterotopia Trilogy III:
The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away
Guangdong Times Museum
January 8th through February 19th, 2017
Opening: January 7th, 2017

 

Liu Chuang is featured in the group exhibition “The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away” at Guangdong Times Museum. The exhibition is curated by Nikita Yingqian Cai and will run from January 8th through February 19th, 2017.

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news | CHENG RAN: DIARY OF A MADMAN AT THE NEW MUSEUM

Cheng Ran: Diary of a Madman

October 19th 2016 through January 15th 2017
New Museum, New York

Curated by Helga Christoffersen and Massimiliano Gioni.

news | AAAJIAO IN OVERPOP AT YUZ MUSEUM SHANGHAI

OVERPOP

September 4th, 2016 through January 15th, 2017

Yuz Museum
No.35 Fenggu Road, Shanghai

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news | CUI JIE IN VITAMIN P3

Vitamin P3 – New Perspectives in Painting

Publisher: Phaidon Press, 2016
Hardcover: 352 pages
550 color illustrations
11.38 x 9.88 in
28.9 x 25.1 cm

Since the publication of the first Vitamin P in 2002, painting has continued to evolve and excite, with new generations responding to its historic importance and taking it in unexpected directions. A central pillar of artistic practice, painting also has enduring appeal, dominating the art market. Vitamin P3 takes the conversation forward, spotlighting more than 100 outstanding artists who are engaging with – and pushing the boundaries of – the medium of paint.

For the full article on Cui Jie, please [download pdf]

fair | ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH 2016

Art Basel Miami Beach
Stand N13
Miami Beach Convention Center
December 1st through 4th, 2016
Preview Wednesday, November 30th

LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to announce its participation for the first time at Art Basel | Miami Beach. Located at stand N13, the gallery brings a group presentation of three artists; aaajiao, Cui Jie and Liu Shiyuan, each articulating a different vision of their experiences living, working and exhibiting in the city of Shanghai.
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fair | ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair 2016

ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair
Stand W28
Shanghai Exhibition Center, 1376 West Nanjing Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai 

November 10th through 13th, 2016
Preview Thursday, November 9th

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fair | WEST BUND ART & DESIGN 2016

West Bund Art & Design
Stand C2
West Bund Art Center, 2555 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai

November 9th through 13th, 2016
Preview Tuesday, November 8th

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news | AAAJIAO AND CUI JIE IN HACK SPACE AT CHI K11 ART MUSEUM

Cui Jie, Building of Cranes #1, 2014. Oil on canvas. 150 x 110 cm.

HACK SPACE

November 9th, 2016 through December 8th, 2016
Opening: November 8th, 2016 | 5pm

chi K11 art museum, Shanghai
Level B3, K11 Art Mall, 300 Middle Huaihai Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Aaajiao and Cui Jie are included in the new edition of the group exhibition “Hack Space” in chi K11 art museum in Shanghai, co-curated by Amira Gad and Hans Ulrich Obrist. The K11 Art Foundation (KAF) and the Serpentine Galleries are pleased to continue their collaboration, which begun with the presentation of the group exhibition HACK SPACE during Art Basel Hong Kong 2016, by presenting a new edition of the HACK SPACE exhibition at the chi K11 art museum in Shanghai. The exhibition runs from 9 November to 8 December 2016.

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fair | ASIA NOW 2016

PIXY LIAO, "A Collection of Penises", 2013-present

Asia Now
Stand A207
9 Avenue Hoche, Paris

October 19th through 23th, 2016
Preview Wednesday, October 19th

LEO XU PROJECTS is pleased to present “Girls: Portraits, Fantasies and Troubles”, a group exhibition curated for gallery’s second-year participation in Asia Now. The booth includes a selection of photographs, installations, sculptures and videos created by Chen Wei, Cheng Ran, Guo Hongwei, Pixy Liao, Liu Chuang, Liu Shiyuan, and others, which carefully study individual and collective emotions, experiences and expressions of young female Chinese in their everyday and professional life.

New to the gallery stable, Shanghai-born Brooklyn-based young female artist Pixy Liao attempts to smash the stereotypes of hierarchies in relationship and gender roles by presenting a body of bold and experimental works — “A Collection of Penises” (2013-present) shows a collection of nineteen pink soft fabric models of male genitals in various possible shapes created by the artist’s partner; “Start your day with a good breakfast” (2009) is a selfie of the artist and her partner interacting in explicit and provocative manners. Having studied and lived in Beijing and New York, Copenhagen-based Liu Shiyuan presents a playful sculpture “But My Apple…” (2015) that captures a subtle second-thought on female’s sensibility.
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past | PIXY LIAO: VENUS AS A BOY

September 24th through October 25th, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday, September 24th, 6-8pm.

“Pixy Liao: Venus As A Boy” marks the first solo exhibition of Shanghai-born Brooklyn-based young female artist Pixy Yijun Liao with the gallery, running from September 24th through October 25th, 2016. Having studied photography at University of Memphis and lived in the States for over a decade, Liao is highly influenced by the style of New American Color Photography in her practices, yet spinning off from the critique of “the American dream” to focus on the contemporary lives of Asian immigrants in the western society, presenting portraits and relationship hierarchies of the youth and the minorities with a rare observational wit.

The title of the exhibition is taken from one of the greatest hits of Icelandic musician, singer, and actress Björk Gumundsdottir, in which she questions masculine and feminine gender identities as socially constructed and breaks down the popular conceptions of gender binaries. Sharing a similar objection against the conventional assumptions of gender roles, Pixy Liao uses language of contemporary American photography of deadpan portraits, seemingly unmemorable objects, and staged scenes in her photographic practices to challenge the preconceived notions about characteristics and behaviors of different genders in heterosexual relationships in the Asian American society, throwing tradition out the window in an often humorous effect.
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fair | FRIEZE LONDON 2016

Frieze London
Stand H20
Regent’s Park, London

October 6th through 9th, 2016
Preview Wednesday, October 6th

Titled after Arthur Rimbaud’s eponymous poem, “Le Bateau Ivre (Drunken Boat)” is young Chinese artist Chen Wei’s solo project that features his photographs of various formats and installations across multiple media. A time capsule on China’s disco and relevant youth cultures since the early 1990s onwards, the project outlines the growth of Chen’s generation through artist’s fabricated visual and literal materials which are informed by then British publications like i-D and the Face (once circulated underground in Beijing and Shanghai). Chen explores the mystery of Chinese disco, an apparition in most celebrated films by Jia Zhangke and Lou Ye, but barely made to the discourse of Chinese visual art. An unlicensed institution of Chinese youth cultures and generational concerns, Chen commented.
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news | LIU SHIYUAN IN YINCHUAN BIENNALE 2016

Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan

Yinchuan Biennale
For an Image, Faster Than Light

September 9th through December 18th, 2016

Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan
No.12, HeLe Road, Xingqing District, 750101 Yinchuan, China

The first edition of the Yinchuan Biennale which will open on September 9, 2016 with the participation of 74 artists from 33 countries including China and will culminate on December 18, 2016. The YC Biennale 2016 is contextualizing some of the most important issues confronting the world from the scientific to the spiritual, from the psychic to the philosophical, from the catastrophic to the celebratory.
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