UCCA Beijing

Collective Acting: The Chinese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2003-2015


Location:  UCCA Auditorium
Language:  Both Chinese and English

With its Olympic-like system of national presentation, the Venice Biennale aligns perfectly with the ways in which countries choose to craft a national image and project soft power. Since its thwarted inception in 2003, the Chinese Pavilion has been a focal point of the nation's official presence on the international stage. Alternately drawing praise and criticism—and always extensive public and media attention—the Chinese Pavilion has evolved into one of the most important sites for China to articulate a vision of itself in the (art)world. In this lively discussion, curators of each previous edition weigh in on the experience of crafting, presenting, and defending a vision of Chinese art to the wider world through this most important and visible of exhibitions.

Ticketing & Participation: Free, Reservation required.

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Francesco Bonami (Director, Venice Biennale 2003)

Hou Hanru (Curator, Venice Biennale Chinese Pavilion 2007)

Lu Hao (Curator, Venice Biennale Chinese Pavilion 2009)

Peng Feng (Curator, Venice Biennale Chinese Pavilion 2011)

Wang Chunchen (Curator, Venice Biennale Chinese Pavilion 2013)


Philip Tinari (Director, UCCA)