2015 Venice Biennale of Art highlights – Chinese Pavilion

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 in Art & Design
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Venice Biennale of Art – 9 May – 22 November 2015
Venice Biennale 2015 (La Biennale di Venezia) is the closest thing art has to the Olympics. The 56th International Art Exhibition attempts to capture the rich diversity of the art-world, with all it’s unexpected sights and sounds. Established in 1895, the Venice Biennale is the oldest and most important event on the international contemporary visual arts calendar. It is also the world’s largest non-commercial art exhibition, and this year it features shows from 88 countries across the entire city. More than 150 artists are taking part in the Biennale, and the event attracts more than 350,000 world-wide visitors – from artists, art-lovers and collectors.

Curated by the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation, the interdisciplinary “Other Future” features filmmaker Wu Wenguang, choreographer Wen Hui, composer Tan Dun, new media artist Lu Yang and architect Liu Jiakun. The Pavilion’s setting was designed by Rem Koolhaas’s firm OMA.

The Pavilion explores the role of the masses – seemingly chaotic yet active and spontaneous – in the shaping of our future. While Lu Yang’s impressive 3D animations and installations reference Tibetan deities with a contemporary twist, the big highlight of the pavilion is Tan Dun’s work, which includes a visual and music performance at the opening ceremony.

Tan Dun, one of the most renowned contemporary composers in China today, presents Living in Future, which projects onto traditional hanging scrolls a series of videos he shot in Hunan as well as a live music performance. The videos were shot during his research into Nu Shu, a secret language invented by women for women, and the performance features musicians playing string instruments while moving in a choreographed dance in a round, shallow pool of water in the centre of the pavilion.

At the end of the performance, the instruments are abandoned in a seemingly chaotic yet orderly fashion in the pool, creating a permanent installation referencing the interconnectedness of our past, present and future.

Photographs & text: Wallpaper