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Biggest design art exhibition ever held in Shanghai opens

Design Shanghai 2013, the biggest design art exhibition ever held in Shanghai, opened today at the Power Station of Art.

The four-month-long exhibit features nearly 537 design artworks from 15 countries and regions around the world.

“Nearly half of the design artworks are from US Europe and Japan,” said Hang Jian, the chief curator of Design Shanghai 2013.

Hang and other curators — such as Benjamin Loyaute, one the curators for 2013 Paris Design Week, and Ding Yi, one of China’s top contemporary artists — divided the exhibition into 10 categories with different themes including “Moving City,” “The night of the city” and “The city of craftsmanship.”

Unlike design exhibitions geared toward everyday use, Hang said they were more interested in “the design with avant-garde concepts, evoking a philosophical pondering toward the direction of the development of mankind.

The biennial exhibition also initiated the first student design competition in the city.

The golden award of the Shanghai Designers Competition was given to Shentong Metro Inc for its creative design in enriching the city’s underground space.

Apart from the exhibition, Design Shanghai 2013 also maintains a close relationship among the world’s top art design academies. Some renowned design institutes such as Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design will open a working studio with the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.


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