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”
Chto Delat/What is to be done?
Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov
Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet
Ulla Von Brandenburg
Clemens Von Wedemeyer and Maya Schweizer
Mei Lanfang and Andris Brinkmanis
Daniel García Andújar
Yorkson (Yimin Chen)
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys
Lukáš Jasanský and Martin Polák
The Phantom Modern
“A Future That Never Returns”
Mr.d.mouse (Zhou Hang)
“The Rhetoric of Family Tree”
Art Education Group (Zhang Bin, Ye Hongtu)
Gao Brothers (Gao Zhen, Gao Qiang)