28 October 2017 - 28 February 2018
Title: Today's Yesterday
Artistic direction: Lu Peng
Four exhibitions curated by:
Marco Scotini, Liu Ding & Carol Lu Yinghua, Liu Jie & Lu Jing, Lan Qingwei & Du Xiyun
Located 41 kilometers from Chengdu City, the well preserved town of Anren is honored as “Historic Town of China”, “Museum Town” and “Demonstration Town of Chinese Cultural Relics Protection”, because there are 27 perfectly preserved old mansions with a mixed style of Chinese and Western architecture, 36 modern museums, 16 cultural relics protection units, over eight millions of collected antiques, and 343 Grade One National cultural relics. Liu’s Manor, Jianchuan Museum Cluster and the mansions in three historical streets are the most famous.
The Anren Biennale aims to create a meeting point in Southwest China in the field of visual arts between artists of diverse cultures and generations, creating an international professional network for the exchange of ideas. It wants to inquire, how the art of the contingent present may be historicized, how it becomes a geopolitical legacy, questioning the historical narrative of international art. Furthermore, the Biennale seeks to enhance a sustainable cultural landscape, hoping to leave a long lasting impact on Anren.
The 1st Anren Biennale will take place from 28 October 2017 until 28 February 2018. In view of the region's rich history, as well as its future development planning, the topic of this edition will explore how to establish a dialogue between history, the present and possible future. Under the general title Today’s Yesterday, with the artistic direction of Lu Peng, the Anren Biennale brings together four different exhibition projects by Chinese and international curators with more than 120 artists.