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December 14, 2016

Biennale Bonanza 

11th Shanghai Biennale

While Beijing and Hong Kong usually vie for the title of China’s most influential art city, right now it is Shanghai’s turn on the cultural catwalk, with the 11th Shanghai Biennale. First launched in 1996, the annual event is considered to be one of the nation’s most established showcases of international and local contemporary art. Curated by Delhi-based artist group Raqs Media Collective, this year’s Biennale runs from mid-November to 12 March 2017.

Curated by Delhi-based artist group Raqs Media Collective

A whopping 92 artists from 40 countries are participating in the 17-week extravaganza, including 27 Chinese talents, 12 groups, and four key Terminal Artists. 2016’s theme is based around the provocative query/demand, Why Not Ask Again, so look out for inquisitive installations such as the Intra Curatorial Platform, in which seven young curators from diverse countries create questioning sub-themes within the main arc.

While most of the arty action will take place at Huangpu’s riverside Power Station of Art, the first state-run museum of modern art in mainland China, City Projects has extend the programme across town, with guided walks, talks and exhibitions. One highlight outside the main show is 51 Personae, a community-based project that channels the perspectives of ordinary people from the city, sourced via web, print and Chinese social media. Three programmes, each featuring a Shanghai character, will be shared each week, from a baker to a student, and movie poster painters to candy paper collectors. Keeping it real!

Until 12 Mar, 2017.

11th Shanghai Biennale / Power Station of Art / 200 Huayuangang Lu / Huangpu / +86 21 3110 8550 / 11am-7pm Tue-Sun /