The 1st Anren Biennale: Today’s Yesterday – Announcements

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The 1st Anren Biennale will take place from October 1, 2017 till January 10, 2018 in the well preserved historical city of Anren, Chengdu. Seen the rich history of the region, as well as its future development planning, the topic of this edition will explore how to establish a dialogue between history, the present and possible future. Anren 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. The Biennale wants to enhance a sustainable cultural landscape, hoping to leave a long lasting impact on Anren.

Under the general title Today’s Yesterday, with the artistic direction of art historian Lu Peng, the Anren Biennale brings together four different exhibition projects by Chinese and international curators. 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.

Four curatorial teams will present four different major scale sections:

Crossroads (curated by Liu Ding/Carol Lu Yinghua)

The Szechwan Tale: Theatre and History (curated by Marco Scotini)

The Rthetoric of Family Tree (curated by Lan Qingwei/ Du Xiyun)

A Future that Never Returns (curated by Liu Jie, Lu Jing(Rain)).

The 1st Anren Biennale will also include a series of parallel events in different venues in order to foster the relationship between the biennale and the local community.

Works on display by more than 100 invited artists from over 20 countries, will present a multitude of artistic expressions, from painting to theatre. A complete list…

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