Architecture in Wood at the Shanghai Biennial

Shanghai Biennial – growing in scale and ambition


The main venue for the 9th Shanghai Biennial (October 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013) is an old power station, transformed now into the biggest art space in China. The biennial program was orchestrated by Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie together with a team of international curators.Shanghai Biennial’s theme ‘Reactivation’ also refers to the new building, an exciting development, full of hope as described by Qiu : “It creates spiritual pulses that would activate the inherent energy within a community”. Showcasing works by leading contemporary artists such as Tino Seghal, BorisMikhailov and Adrian Villar Rojas, the program is hugely ambitious and the scale bigger than ever.

Claiming 41,000 sqm. of floor space The Power Station of Art is clearly aiming to become a major destination on the global art scene. A ride up long escalators produces a jaw dropping view down to the entry lobby. The building truly reflects the fast paced change in all of China. At night it becomes a real spectacle with a neon thermometer on the chimney and the obligatory flashing lights.

Julia Champtaloup


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