gallery Highlights from the Anren Biennale: Today’s Yesterday, at Anren, Chengdu, in the Sichuan Province, China — on view until February 28, 2018

Photos by Á.R. Vázquez-Concepción

The first Anren Biennale is held under the artistic direction of Lu Peng, a professor at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute and Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts. Titled Today’s Yesterday, the Biennale comprises four exhibitions spread across the grounds of the old Ning Liang Factory; one curated by Marco Scotini, curator of The Szechwan Tale: Theatre and History, also Liu Ding and Carol Lu Yinghua, curators of Crossroad, Lan Qingweiand Du Xiyun, curators of Rhetoric of Genealogyand Liu Jie and Lu Jing, curators of A Future that Never Returns.

Here are some highlights from their selections:

Chen Danquing, Luxuriant Anthologies of Chinese Calligraphy I, 2015
Chen Danquing, Luxuriant Anthologies of Chinese Calligraphy II, 2015
Zhang Xiaogang, Stage, 2017
Ye Yongquing, Untitled, 2007
Ye Yongquing, Posture, 2006
Zhou Chunya, Geyuan Garden I and II, 2017
Fang Lijun, 2016, 2016
Fang Lijun, 2014, 2014
Ma Jun, New China Series – Radio No. 1, 2009
Ma Jun, New China Series – Car No. 1, 2007
Ma Jun, New China Series – Apple Computer, 2012
Ma Jun, New China Series – TV No. 3, 2012
Yue Minjun, My Spiritual Ink House, 2017
Yue Minjun, My Spiritual Ink House, 2017
Li Yongzheng, Yes, Today, 2017
Chen Wenling, Illuminating Today in Light of the Past, 2017
Chen Wenling, detail from Illuminating Today in Light of the Past, 2017
Yang Mian, Mogao Grottoes Cave No. 172, Flying Apsaras Tang Dynasty, 2017
Zhan Wang, Imprinting, 2016
Zhan Wang, detail from Imprinting, 2016
Chen Xi, Chinese Memory Series, 2007-2013
Chen Xi, Chinese Memory Series, 2007-2013
Xu Bing, still frame from The Dragonfly Eye (Trailer), 2015
Sui Jianguo, Inheritance (front), 1997-2002
Sui Jianguo, Inheritance (back), 1997-2002
Jiang Jie, March Forward, March Forward, 2012
Jiang Jie, detail from March Forward, March Forward, 2012
Jiang Jie, video still from March Forward, March Forward, 2012
He Gong, Long Live Thatched Shelter, 2017
He Gong, detail from Long Live Thatched Shelter, 2017
He Gong, A Dissected Hero (left) and Ladder to Serfdom (right), 2016
He Dan, The Crowd of the Four – Crowd, 2004
Adam Avikainen, Kaki Kuchi, 2015
Paul Chan, still from Unofficial Documentation of Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, 2007
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, detail from The Frigate, 2008
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, detail from The Frigate, 2008
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, detail from The Frigate, 2008
Lin Yilin, Safety Island, 2006
Lin Gang, When Losing Dignity, 2010
Jia Chun, The Andrews Triangle, 2017
Jia Chun, detail from The Andrews Triangle, 2017
Tomáš Rafa, still from Euro-Maidan in Kiev (Ukraine), 2014
Tomáš Rafa, 1.5.2012 March of Antifa Riots in Kreuzberg during Anti-Capitalist Demo in Berlin, 2012
Lu Zhinqiang, Instruct, 2017
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Yo lo ví (I Saw It), 1810
Daniel G. Andújar, Atlas, the Disasters of War, 2017
Daniel G. Andújar, detail from Atlas, the Disasters of War, 2017
Daniel G. Andújar, detail from Atlas, the Disasters of War, 2017
Jia Chun, Playing Both the Lead and Supporting Role, 2016
Paul Drissen, boogje, boogje, lijn, lijn, kleur, hoek, 2014
Paul Drissen, Untitled, 2017
Paul Drissen, Untitled in situ, 2017
Jae Oon Rho, Looking 4 Carol Anne, 2008
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Memory Wardrobe, 1968-2017
Qiu Zhijie, the greeting, 2013
Peter Friedl, The Dramatist (Anne, Blind Boy, Koba), 2016
Peter Friedl, details from The Dramatist (Anne, Blind Boy, Koba), 2016
Peter Friedl, Bilbao Song, 2010
William Kentridge, detail from Notes Toward a Model Opera, 2016
William Kentridge, detail from Notes Toward a Model Opera, 2016
William Kentridge, detail from Notes Toward a Model Opera, 2016
Ulla Von Brandenburg, Stage Curtain, 2010-2017
Ulla Von Brandenburg, Stage Curtain, 2010-2017
Piero Gilardi, World Wide Protest, 2017
Piero Gilardi, detail from World Wide Protest, 2017
Marko Tadic, Table of Contents 5, 2017
Santiago Sierra, The trap, 2008
Santiago Sierra, The trap, 2008
Pedro Reyes, Baby Marx, 2013
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Paradise under the ceiling, 1997-2017
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, detail from Paradise under the ceiling, 1997-2017
Yang Yuanyuan, Nearly There, Nearly Concrete, Chongqing, 2014/2016
Yang Yuanyuan, detail from Nearly There, Nearly Concrete, Chongqing, 2014/2016
Yang Yuanyuan, detail from Nearly There, Nearly Concrete, Chongqing, 2014/2016
Yang Yuanyuan, detail from Nearly There, Nearly Concrete, Chongqing, 2014/2016
Zhang Zhaoying, Mystery Party, 2017
Zhang Zhaoying, detail from Mystery Party, 2017
Mao Xuhui, Honor, Rain Season, 2005
Guo Wei, Character No. 6, 2014
Li Linlin, The End of the Game, 2017
Li Linlin, detail from The End of the Game, 2017
Li Linlin, detail from The End of the Game, 2017
Li Linlin, detail from The End of the Game, 2017
Li Zhanyang, “Rent” — Rent Collection Yard, 2007
Li Zhanyang, “Rent” — Rent Collection Yard, 2007
Li Zhanyang, “Rent” — Rent Collection Yard, 2007
Wei Jia, Hero, 2017
Xie Xiaoze, China Library No. 54, 2012
Xie Xiaoze, National Post, 2014
Shen Xiaotong, Image Series, 2017
Mou Huan, Feng Zhe, A Famous Actor for the Role of Battalion Gao in the Film of “Marching to the South and Battling in the North,” 2017
Xin Haizhou, The End of the World, 2017
Zhang Tianjun, Waves of Time, 2017
Zhang Tianjun, Waves of Time, 2017
Xu Bacheng, detail from Fluid Art Gallery, 2017
Xu Bacheng, detail from Fluid Art Gallery, 2017
Xu Bacheng, detail from Fluid Art Gallery, 2017
Xu Bacheng, detail from Fluid Art Gallery, 2017
Chen Zhe, Mind Map of “Towards Evenings: Six Chapters” at Early Stage, 2016
Mr. d. Mouse, still from The Breeze makes the Ripple, 2017
Mr. d. Mouse, Cuckoo, 2017
Here Jon Kaye and Á.R. Vázquez-Concepción from Cranium Corporation (left), and artist Tianxing “Ethan” Wang (right), our guide to the Biennale and the city of Chengdu, China.

 

All photos by Cranium Corporation, 2018

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