press release

On Nov. 18th, 2002, the first Guangzhou Triennial organized by Guangdong Museum of Art was held in Guangzhou City, China. The theme then was Reinterpretation : a decade of experimental Chinese art, which aimed at a historic review and academic interpretation of the experimental Chinese art since the 1990’s. This first Guangzhou triennial has produced considerable influence in both Chinese and overseas artistic circles. Now the second session of Guangzhou Triennial is ready to unfold in Nov, 2005 as a regularly-held international art event.

The theme "BEYOND : an extroardinary space of experimentation for modernization"

The curatorial team of the Second Guangzhou Triennial consists of internationally renowned curators Hou Hanru, Hans Ulrich Obrist and the museum’s in-house curator Guo Xiaoyan. They have come up with an extraordinary title for the event: Beyond.

“Beyond” refers to various forms of special cultural and artistic phenomena and methods developed under new social and economic circumstances that are unique, flourishing and full of vitality. These phenomena and methods embody the exciting and complicated imprints of globalization; they represent those specific solutions and patterns created and adopted by China and other non-western countries in their own process of modernization; they are an ever-changing dynamic phenomenon.

“An extraordinary space of experimentation for modernization” takes the Pearl River Delta (PRD) as one of the typical developing regions to study the contemporary art within the extraordinary modernization framework that is full of possibilities and confusion. Pearl River Delta (PRD) stands for new space strategies, economic patterns and life styles. We regard this “extraordinary space” as a platform for artistic experimentation and practice. At the same time, this also evokes a unique and inventive experimental sample.

Therefore, the second Guangzhou Triennial focuses on the research and reflection on those “extraordinary” modern developments, and presents the “extraordinary” expression of artists, architects, and scholars. To achieve such a vision, we have established a new structure, the cross-space, cross-time, cross-cultural, and inter-disciplinary Delta Laboratory (D-Lab). It guarantees a platform for sustainable and evolving research, creation and cultural exchanges. Tens of international and Chinese artists, architects and cultural activists have been invited to the PRD area to carry out studies and exchanges, and further realize specific projects for the Triennial exhibition. As the core of the Triennial, “D-Lab” has already held 3 major labs with over 10 public presentations. The related documents will also be edited and published. This strategy emphasizes expansions and continuations in both time and space. It fundamentally subverts conventional exhibition curatorial models and allows the globalised contemporary art activities intimately fused with the local context and deeply influencing its future development. Thurs, this Triennial has become a process of creating new realities for the very locale itself.

Besides D-Lab, The second Guangzhou Triennial also consists of the Main Exhibition, Self Organization, and Special Projects. They will be opened on November 18th 2005 in Guangzhou with Guangdong Museum of Art as the main venue. The event will last till Jan. 15th, 2006, while the D-Lab Project will go on at the same time.

2nd Guangzhou Triennial (2004-2006)
"BEYOND:an extraordinary space of experimentation for modernization"

Organisation: Guangdong Museum of Art
Hauptveranstaltungsort: Guangdong Museum of Art
Künstlerischer Direktor: Hou Hanru
Kuratoren: Hou Hanru, Hans Ulrich Obrist,Guo Xiaoyan

Teilnehmer Main Exhibition:
Justin Bennett, Thomas Bayrle, Yushi Uehara, Yung Ho Chang, Chen Shaoxiong, Didier Fiuza Faustino, Fischli / Weiss, Flying City , Huang Xiaopeng, Jiang Jun, Liang Juhui, Rem Koolhaas / Alain Fouraux, Armin Linke, Doreen Liu Heng, Leung Chi-Wo, Complete Art Experience Project (He Yingyi, Li Zhenhua, Liu Ding, Liu Wei, Colin Chinnery, Qiu Zhijie, Shi Qing, Wang Wei, Wu Ershan, Zhang Hui), Ma Qingyun Mada, Map Office  (Laurent Gutierrez, Valerie Portefaix), Shi Yong, Yang Zhenzhong, Yuang Goang-Ming, Zhu Jia, Cao Fei, Lin Yilin, Shen Yuan, Raqs Media Collective, Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Chen Xiaoyun, Chu Yun, David Diao, Lu Chunsheng, Jiang Zhi, Yang Yong, Paul Chan, Surasi Kusolwong, Tsuyoshi Ozawa / Chen Shaoxiong, Wu Shanzhuan, Yang Jiechang, Allora & Calzadilla, Jimmie Durham, Fu Jie, Multiplicity , Ni Haifeng, Sun Xiaofeng, Wang Jianwei, Wong Hoycheong, Yan Lei, Zhou Hao / Ji Jianghong, Chen Zhen, Dan Graham, Michael Lin Ming Hong, Gabriel Orozco, Zheng Guogu, Kan Xuan, Koo Jeong-a, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Philippe Parreno, Liang Yue, Xu Tan ...

Teilnehmer D-Lab:
Rem Koolhaas, Doug Aitken, Joseph Grima, Yang Zhenzhong, Lu Chunsheng, Wong Hoy Cheong, Chen Shaoxiong, Liang Juhui, Xu Tan, Li Yilin, Vitamin Creative Space, Zhang Wei, Hu Fang, Evelyne Jouanno, Mathieu Briand, Waling Boers, Yung Ho Chang / Du Juan, Kan Xuan, Surasi Kusolwong, Doreen Liu Heng, Map Office  (Laurent Gutierrez, Valerie Portefaix), Yushi Uehara, Zheng Guogu, Huang Dade, Chen Tong, Ou Ning, Yang Xiaoyan, Feng Yuan, Shi Jian, Zhou Rong, Tsuchimoto Noriaki, Fujioka Asako, Michael Lin, David Weiss (Fischli / Weiss), Tatiana Bilbao, Dan Graham, Wang Jiangwei, Cao Fei, Jiang Zhi, Zhu Jia, Flying City (Jang Jong Kwan, Jeon Yong Seok), Yang Yong, Asia Art Archive (Claire Hsu & Phoebe Wong), Jiang Jun, Huang Xiao Peng, Allora & Calzadilla, Didier Faustino, Shen Yuan, Ma Qingyun, Colin Chinnery, Florence Zeng, Lawrence R. Y. Li, Lin Zhiying, Justin Zhong Minjie, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Philippe Parreno, Thomas Bayrle, Shi Yong, Isaac Julien, Zhou Hao & Ji Jianghong, Stefano Boeri / Armin Linke, Liu Wei, Koo Jeong-a, Yan Lei, Pierre Huyghe, Zhang Xianmin, Wang Hui, Wang Minan, Wang Mingxian, Wang Jun, Zhu Pei, Jimmie Durham ...