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China Art Palace will kick off with 2012 Biennale

THE 2012 Shanghai Biennale will be the opening exhibition for the China Art Palace, announced by the Shanghai Art Museum yesterday.

It will also be the first show after the Shanghai Art Museum's move from the former horse-racing club on Nanjing Road W. in Puxi to the China Pavilion in Pudong, the previous site of a local power plant.

The biennale's opening, which will feature contemporary art ranging from sculpture to video to photography, is tentatively scheduled for October 1, 2012. It will run for a half year. The annual event started in 1996.

Under the theme of "RE-source/form/new/public," the 2012 Shanghai Biennale will have an exhibition space of 16,000 square meters, almost twice its original space.

"As we know, the venue used to be a power plant, so we hope that we could ignite a new power in the biennale to spread to our culture," said Xu Jiang, the director at the academic committee of the Shanghai Biennale.

The curator team includes: Qiu Zhijie , Boris Efimovich Groys, Jens Hoffman and Johnson Chang.

According to Qiu, "The theme perfectly coincides with the history and present, the memory and the source of the city."

A cluster of the biennale's satellite shows will include an exhibition featuring Jewish refugees in Shanghai during the World War II and a big survey of various Zhongshan Parks around the country.

Occupying a total area of 70,000 square meters, Shanghai Art Museum will be part of the China Art Palace.


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