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Italy – China : Contemporary Art Biennale project launched

The plans for the second Italy–China Contemporary Art Biennale, the first large-scale contemporary art event by the two countries, were presented recently in Beijing. Those attending the ceremony included our Ambassador to Beijing, Alberto Bradanini; the Director of Changping District, Xu Junsheng; the owner of the Bei Zhou art centre, Chen Xiangguo; the head Italian curator, Sandro Orlandi; and the Chinese curator, artist and poet, Mian Bu.

In his address, Bradanini thanked everyone involved for their “efforts and hard work in preparing and launching the project”. He pointed out that the Biennale “aims to act as an instrument to promote cultural collaboration by Italy and China, in a renewed artistic ‘twinning’ of our two countries”.

First large-scale contemporary art event by the two countries

The Biennale is the first large-scale contemporary art event between Italy and China, with a new display model that gives each artist taking part their own independent 200 square metres of space. The exhibition venue, Bei Zhou, which will undergo significant renovation and extension works in the next few months, looks set to become a centre of excellence for contemporary art in the Beijing region.

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