4th SHANGHAI BIENNIAL 2002
22 Nov 2002 - 20 Jan 2003
22 November 2002 - 20 January 2003
Xu Jiang, President, China Academy of Art (China)
Zheng Shengtian, Independent Curator (Canada)
Sebastián López, Director, Gate Foundation (Netherlands)
Zhang Qing, Director, Shanghai Biennale’s Office (China)
Grüntuch & Ernst
Lin Tianmiao / Wang Gongxin
Willaim E. Massie
Architecture Graduate School of Nanjing University
Rural Architectural Atelier
Art Academy of Shanghai University
Katharina Sieverding / Klaus Metting
When the Shanghai Biennale 2000 was held with an eye toward internationalism and contemporary art, those who used to care about this important event felt it was a symbol of the healthy development of contemporary Chinese art.
The Shanghai Biennale, defining itself as the meeting point of "international" and "contemporary", must face, in terms of cultural approach, both "China" and the "world", and express its own viewpoint.
Viewing China through the process of urbanization provides a complex understanding of the great changes and schizophrenia that have occurred in Chinese society over the past two decades. This on-going great historical transformation is shaping China's contemporary culture. This culture is characterized by its high-tech towers and its rampant consumerism, by new forms of communication and assent, as well as by changing moral concepts.
In this contemporary context, unprecedented, brand-new relationships are taking place between the individual and the public space, humans and art.
With the theme "Urban Creation", 2002 Shanghai Biennale intends to set up a stage for discussions on the fast changing cultural pattern and life style at an unprecedented speed induced by the accelerating urbanization and the new style urban architecture which is transforming the Chinese scenario. Contemporary Chinese art has started to pay a close attention to the reality and to think about very hot problems like urbanization/countryside, tradition/contemporary, localization/globalization, preservation/development, heritage/creation.