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The Third Chengdu Biennial: Reboot
Group Exhibition New International Convention Center of Chengdu Century City, Chengdu
Date: 09.13, 2007 - 10.12, 2007

Artists: JIN Weihong 靳卫红 |  NAN Xi 南溪 |  ZHOU Tiehai 周铁海 | 

Reboot: The Third Chengdu Biennial
Exhibition Director: Feng Bin
Curators: Kuiyi Shen   Britta Erickson   Lu Hong
Organized by: Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum
Exhibition Dates: September 14-October 12, 2007
Exhibition Venue: New International Convention Center of Chengdu Century City

Curatorial Statement: Reboot

In recent years, as China has experienced a dramatic economic
boom, the country's contemporary art has become the object of
widespread international interest. A significant segment of the
Chinese art scene has, however, largely escaped notice. Although it is
deeply rooted in traditional Chinese art in terms of form, theme, and
materials, and although its practice enjoys unflagging popularity, it
has not received the attention it deserves as an aspect of the study
of contemporary art. Despite the rapid modernization of Chinese
society, this segment of the arts remains difficult to summarize
adequately—variously described using the concept of guohua ("national
painting") or shuimo hua ("ink painting")—but it has already become an
important part in the process of constructing contemporary Chinese
culture. It is an expression of an aspect of Chinese culture, not to
be simply confined within the bounds of traditional culture, but
rather influenced both in concept and attitude by contemporary
society. As with other forms of contemporary art, it too expresses the
contemporary spirit of Chinese society and culture.

Against the background of globalization, and given China's
expanding influence in the world, neither Chinese painting in the
traditional mode nor avant-garde artistic practice is adequate to
represent the progress of contemporary Chinese culture. The Third
Chengdu Biennial attempts to present objectively the multifaceted
process of the development of Chinese contemporary art, to redefine
the contemporaneity of this segment of the arts, and to explore the
potential inherent in breaking boundaries, so as to increase people's
understanding of the interaction between Chinese culture's unique
aspects and internationalism.

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