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Biggest design art exhibition in Shanghai starts next month

DESIGN Shanghai 2013, called the biggest design art exhibition ever held in Shanghai, kicks off at the Power Station of Art on December 3.

Occupying an area of 12,000 square meters, the four-month exhibit features nearly 537 design artworks from 15 countries and regions around the world. Urban and product designs are among the artworks.

“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.”

“Different from some other design exhibitions in the country, we are not concerned about those designs catering to the shopping mall. Instead, we aim at a bigger scope of design,” Hang said. 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. For example, how do you fuse an artistic or humorous design into a public space?”

The biennial exhibition also will unveil a student design competition. Apart from the exhibition, Design Shanghai 2013 also works closely with art design academies from home and abroad. Some famous design institutes such as Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design will open a working studio at the China Academy of Art.


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