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Inaugural Anren Biennale Announces Participating Artists

The Anren Biennale has released a list of more than 120 artists participating in its inaugural edition. Titled “Today’s Yesterday,” the exhibition will take place in the historical city of Anren in Chengdu, China, from October 1, 2017, to January 10, 2018.

According to a statement, the biennial, organized under the direction of art historian Lu Peng, will explore how to establish a dialogue between history, the present, and the possible future. It will be divided into four thematic exhibitions that investigate how art is historicized.

Marco Scotini, artistic director of the FM Centre for Contemporary Art, will curate “The Szechwan Tale: Theater and History,” which will use the German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s play The Good Person of Szechwan (1940) as a departure point. Artist Liu Ding and art critic Carol Yinghua Lu will curate “Crossroads,” which will examine the “irresolvable dilemma” that exists between the past and the future. Liu Jie and Lu Jing will curate “A Future That Never Returns,” which aims to explore contemporary art’s ability to grapple with time and China’s rapid socioeconomic transformation, and Lan Qingwei and Du Xiyun will curate “The Rhetoric of Family Tree,” which looks at how Chinese artists reflect on existing art-historical narratives. The list of participating artists is as follows:

“The Szechwan Tale: Theater and History”

Cornelius Cardew
Céline Condorelli
Chto Delat/What is to be done?
Stano Filko
Peter Friedl
Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi
Piero Gilardi
Dan Graham
Joris Ivens
Joan Jonas
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov
William Kentridge
Julius Koller
Mao Tongqiang
Rithy Panh
Michelangelo Pistoletto
Lisl Ponger
Qiu Zhijie
Pedro Reyes
Santiago Sierra
Sun Xun
Wael Shawky
Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet
Marko Tadić
Ulla Von Brandenburg
Clemens Von Wedemeyer and Maya Schweizer
Wei Minglun
Yang Yuanyuan
Mei Lanfang and Andris Brinkmanis

“Crossroads”

Daniel García Andújar
Adam Avikainen
Paul Chan
Yorkson (Yimin Chen)
Paul Drissen
Karsten Födinger,
Marina Gioi
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys
Lukáš Jasanský and Martin Polák
Jia Chun
Stanya Kahn
Inmi Lee
Simon Leung
Lin Gang
Lin Yilin
Lu Zhiqiang
Tomáš Rafa
Grace Schwindt
Yuan Yunsheng
The Phantom Modern

“A Future That Never Returns”

Chen Qiulin
Chen Zhe
Feng Li
Li Lang
Li Qing
Liang Shaoji
Liao Fei
Liu Chuanhong
Na Yingyu
Ma Haijiao
Mr.d.mouse (Zhou Hang)
Qiu Anxiong
Qiu Hongfeng
Wang Chuan
Wu Ding
Xu Bacheng
Zhang Tianjun

“The Rhetoric of Family Tree”

Art Education Group (Zhang Bin, Ye Hongtu)
Chen Xi
Fang Lijun
Fengfeng
Gao Brothers (Gao Zhen, Gao Qiang)
Guo Wei
He Dan
He Duoling
He Gong
Huang Rui
Hong Lei
Li Bo
Li Luming
Li Yongzheng
Li Zhanyang
Ma Jun
Meng Baishen
Meng Huang
Mu Huan
Jiang Jie
Jing Kewen
Shen Xiaotong
Shu Qun
Sui Jianguo
Wang Guangyi
Wang Jianwei
Wang Yigang
Xie Xiaoze
Xu Bing
Yang Mian
Ye Yongqing
Yue Minjun
Zhan Wang
Zhang Dali
Zhang Xiaotao
Zhang Wenrong
Zhang Wanxin
Zhang Xiaogang
Zhang Zhaoying
Zhou Chunya
Zhu Jia
Zhu Xi

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