Second Guangzhou Triennial

1st Asia Biennial / 5th Guangzhou Triennial

While the First Guangzhou Triennial, in 2002, provided viewers with a sweeping overview of creative output by the so-called first generation of China’s avant-garde artists, the second is an attempt to reconfigure the relationship between the triennial and its context. Integral to the exhibition is the museum’s location in the Pearl River Delta, or PRD, a cluster of southern Chinese cities, including Shenzhen and Guangzhou, that have experienced a wild growth spurt since the ’70s and whose congested urban sprawl represents both opportunity and decadence. To facilitate exchanges among artists, architects, and other cultural workers from both inside and outside the PRD, cocurators Hou Hanru, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, and Guo Xiaoyan formulated the triennial as a series of “D-Labs,” workshops dedicated to investigating a range of topics pertinent to the Delta that would germinate the exhibition’s

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