Anren Biennale, Chengdu

Anren Biennale | Ning Liang Old Factory, Yingbing Road, 350, Anren
611330 Chengdu

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artists & participants

Daniel Garcia Andujar Art Education GroupAdam AvikainenXu BachengMeng BaishenZhang BinLi BoPaul Chan Chto DelatWang ChuanLiu ChuanhongJia ChunZhou ChunyaCeline CondorelliHe Dan Daniele Huillet & Jean-Marie StraubJos de GruyterWu DingPaul DrissenHe DuolingLiao Fei Fengfeng Stano FilkoKarsten FödingerPeter FriedlLin Gang Gao BrothersYervant GianikianPiero GilardiMarina GioiHe GongDan GrahamMa HaijiaoZhou Hang Hong LeiQiu HongfengYe HongtuMu HuanMeng HuangJoris IvensLukas JasanskyKim JeongSui JianguoJiang JieJane Jin KaisenJoan JonasMa JunIlya & Emilia KabakovStanya KahnWilliam KentridgeJing KewenSoyoung KimKyung-Man KimJulius KollerMei LanfangLi LangInmi LeeSimon LeungFeng LiFang Lijun Lin YilinLi LumingYang MianWei Minglun Mr.d.mouse Jae Oon RhoRithy PanhThe Phantom ModernMichelangelo PistolettoMartin PolakLisl PongerRussian Proletarian TheatreGao QiangLi Qing Qiu AnXiong Qiu ZhijieChen QiulinShu QunTomas RafaPedro ReyesAngela Ricci LucchiHuang RuiMaya SchweizerGrace SchwindtLiang ShaojiWael ShawkySantiago Sierra Sun XunMarko TadicHarald ThysHarald Thys / Jos de GruyterZhang Tianjun Cornelius CardewMao TongqiangUlla von BrandenburgClemens von Wedemeyer Wang Guangyi Wang JianweiZhang WanxinGuo WeiZhang WenrongChen XiZhu XiZhang XiaotaoShen XiaotongXie Xiaoze Xu BingWang YigangNa YingyuYe YongqingLi Yongzheng Yorkson (Yimin Chen)Yang Yuanyuan Yue MinjunYuan Yunsheng Zhan Wang Zhang Dali Zhang XiaogangLi ZhanyangZhang ZhaoyingChen ZheGao ZhenLu Zhiqiang Zhu Jia 



press release

The 1st Anren Biennale
Today's Yesterday
October 1, 2017–January 10, 2018
Ning Liang Old Factory, No.350 Yingbing Road
611330 Chengdu

The 1st Anren Biennale will take place from October 28, 2017 until February 28, 2018 in the well preserved town of Anren, Chengdu. Under the general title Today’s Yesterday, with the artistic directore by Lu Peng, the Anren Biennale brings together four different exhibition projects by Chinese and international curators with more than 120 artists.

The Szechwan Tale: Theatre and History curated by Marco Scotini The Szechwan Tale. Theatre and History,focuses on the relationship between theater (as the space of masks) and history (as a plot in the making). There are two topics underlying the choice of section. The first is the location Sichuan, as the fictional background to The Good Person of Szechwan by Bertolt Brecht (1940). The other is the Rent Collection Courtyard (1964) sculptural piece hosted in the city of Anren. They concern the ongoing dialogue, between the East and the West, between the past and the present, finding in theatrical play a series of references, contaminations, exchanges and fictional or real projections.

Artists: Cornelius Cardew, Céline Condorelli, Chto Delat/What is to be done?, Stano Filko, Peter Friedl, Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, Piero Gilardi, Dan Graham, Joris Ivens, Joan Jonas, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, William Kentridge, Julius Koller, Mao Tongqiang, Rithy Panh, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lisl Ponger, Qiu Zhijie, Pedro Reyes, Santiago Sierra, Sun Xun, Wael Shawky, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, Marko Tadić, Ulla Von Brandenburg, Clemens Von Wedemeyer & Maya Schweizer, Wei Minglun, Yang Yuanyuan, Mei Lanfang and the Russian Proletarian Theatre (research curator Andris Brinkmanis)

Crossroads curated by Liu Ding, Carol Lu Yinghua Crossroads intends to reiterate an irresolvable dilemma. It is not impossible to gain emotional comfort by returning to the past, or to predict the future by detecting signs of historical circles. Neither is moving forward a horizon to count on. Crossroads is skepticism towards escapes, solutions and the long-termed objectives. This exhibition aims to recognize and provide a gaze at a situation of confusion and of being in the center yet having no way out.

Artists:Daniel García Andújar, Adam Avikainen, Paul Chan, Yorkson (Yimin Chen), Paul Drissen, Karsten Födinger, Marina Gioi, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Lukáš Jasanský and Martin Polák, Jia Chun, Stanya Kahn, Inmi Lee, Simon Leung, Lin Gang, Lin Yilin, Lu Zhiqiang, Tomáš Rafa, Grace Schwindt, Yuan Yunsheng, The Phantom Modern (curated by Yongwoo Lee; participated by artists including Jae Oon Rho, SoYoung Kim/Kim Jeong, Jane Jin Kaisen, Kyung-man Kim)

A Future That Never Returns curated by Liu Jie, Lu Jing The section designs s a virtual perspective of future, and takes a gesture of memory-hunting, clinging to and writing down the maze of contemporary history. Based on the humanity history and the site-specificity of Anren, following the time-and-space nodes which are closely connected with the modernization in China—such as rise of Western Learning Spreading to the East, this exhibition unfolds the contemporary art’s discussion on "time."

Artists: Chen Qiulin, Chen Zhe, Feng Li, Li Lang, Li Qing, Liang Shaoji, Liao Fei, Liu Chuanhong, Na Yingyu, Ma Haijiao, Mr.d.mouse (Zhou Hang), Qiu Anxiong, Qiu Hongfeng, Wang Chuan, Wu Ding, Xu Bacheng, Zhang Tianjun

The Rthetoric of Family Tree curated by Lan Qingwei, Du Xiyun The focus of the exhibition is to demonstrate the cultural family tree based on the perception of different individuals and the unique methodology and aestheticisms of the artists,discussing the historical cause of the current situation and foresee the possible problems in the future by an artistic method and perspective.

Artists: Art Education Group (Zhang Bin,Ye Hongtu), Chen Xi, Fang Lijun, Fengfeng, Gao Brothers (Gao Zhen, Gao Qiang), Guo Wei, He Dan, He Duoling, He Gong, Huang Rui, Hong Lei, Li Bo, Li Luming, Li Yongzheng, Li Zhanyang, Ma Jun, Meng Baishen, Meng Huang, Mu Huan, Jiang Jie, Jing Kewen, Shen Xiaotong, Shu Qun, Sui Jianguo, Wang Guangyi, Wang Jianwei, Wang Yigang, Xie Xiaoze, Xu Bing, Yang Mian, Ye Yongqing, Yue Minjun, Zhan Wang, Zhang Dali, Zhang Xiaotao, Zhang Wenrong, Zhang Wanxin, Zhang Xiaogang, Zhang Zhaoying, Zhou Chunya, Zhu Jia, Zhu Xi