2011 Chengdu Biennale Kicks Off, Largest To Date

Big Names Like Zhang Xiaogang, Yue Minjun, Fang Lijun Taking Part In This Year’s Exhibition

At the preview exhibition of Chengdu Biennial 2011

At the preview exhibition of Chengdu Biennial 2011 (Image: GoChengdoo)

Yesterday, this year’s installment of the Chengdu Biennale officially launched at the city’s East Music Park. Running from September 29-October 30 and running under the theme of “identify • stretch” (“物色•绵延”), the 2011 Chengdu Biennale features three themed exhibitions:  “Pure Views: Contemporary Art Exhibition”; “The Solutions: International Design Exhibition”; and “Holistic Realm: International Architecture Exhibition and Conference Center Exhibition,” all of which highlight the work of hundreds of Chinese and international artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, installation, video, interior design, architecture design and fashion design.

Aside from the “Classic Theatre Performance” section of the biennale, all exhibitions are open free to the public.

This year, the growing internationalism of Chengdu’s art world is apparent, with artists, designers, and creatives from the US, Japan, Korea, Germany, Britain, Spain, Canada and other countries taking part. Major names from the Chinese contemporary art world are also on the scene, with works by the likes of Zhang Xiaogang, Yue Minjun, Zhou Chunya and Fang Lijun on display.

As curator-in-chief Lü Peng told West China City News this week, the 2011 Chengdu Biennale is the largest and most comprehensive to date, adding that Chengdu organizers plan to begin a partnership with the Venice Biennale for the next Chengdu Biennale.

East Chengdu Music Park
No.4 Jianshe Rd South Branch (Jianshe Nan Zhi Road)
Chengdu, China

At the opening ceremony of the 2011 Chengdu Biennale

At the opening ceremony of the 2011 Chengdu Biennale

Grand Opening Ceremony, 29 September 2011

Grand Opening Ceremony, 29 September 2011

Grand opening of the 2011 Chengdu Biennale

Grand opening of the 2011 Chengdu Biennale

2011 Chengdu Biennale

2011 Chengdu Biennale

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