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Artist’s Film Censored at Museum in Shanghai

Lisa Movius reports in the Art Newspaper that the Shanghai Cultural Bureau has censored a film by Sun Xun. The film was to be featured in the group exhibition “Everyday Legend,” which examines Chinese traditions in contemporary art and opened last night at the private Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai. A sign was placed near the screen that was supposed to display Sun’s 2011 woodcut animation Some Actions Which Haven’t Been Defined Yet in the Revolution, reading: “The work is unable to be shown as part of the exhibition due to non-technical reasons.” A museum spokeswoman has stated that no reason was given for the censorship.

This abruptly comes in the midst of a flurry of activity in the arts there, with the Eleventh Shanghai Biennale’s opening scheduled for this Friday as well as the openings of two art fairs—the West Bund Art & Design Fair opening tomorrow, November 9, followed by Art 021 on November 10.