City as Museum:

Refocusing—The 2nd Shenzhen Biennale of Contemporary Art

2017.10.20 - 11.19











Curator: Yang Yong

Venue A: C2 Space, North District, OCT-LOFT, Nanshan, Shenzhen

Venue B: J Space, Building C-8, Wenchang St., North District, OCT-LOFT, Nanshan, Shenzhen

Sponsor: Shenzhen Federation of Literary and Art Circles

Organizers: Shenzhen Artists Association / Shenzhen Artists Association Art Planning Committee / Shangqi Art

Co-organizers: Junsheng Group / J Space





中国多年城市化的发展,使众多乡村变成城市,珠三角地区的城市化率领先全国,而深圳也是这样迅速发展的代表性城市之一。在城市化的推动下,深圳的美术馆也取得了前所未有的发展,数目众多,体量惊人,居全国前列。如此, 城市配套美术馆成为当下的风潮,“美术馆时代”的发展现象继续发酵,人们对美术馆建筑的兴趣远远高于对美术馆的 定位与运营的关注。


然而,美术馆远不是一个固定的建筑空间,从注重典藏、研究与展示的艺术殿堂走向知识生产的公共领域文化机构,今天的美术馆对城市文化生成有着长远的影响。它已然成为一种社区文化交流的可能介质,成为一种开放与多元文化 意识的代表,更成为一种了解区域、洞察世界的思维方式。城市文化在美术馆里呈现,美术馆存在于城市之中,进而使得城市演变成一座无墙的美术馆。





Numerous Chinese villages have been urbanized during the past decades. The urbanization rate of the Pearl River Delta region has ranked first in China and Shenzhen become one of the typically fastest-growing cities. Under the impetus of urbanization, Shenzhen’s art museums have also achieved unprecedented development with increased quantities and amazing volumes, topping the list of Chinese museums. In this way, equipping cities with art museums has become an ongoing fashion, the big leap phenomenon of “Art Museum Era” continues to ferment, and people’s interests in art museum buildings are growing stronger than the concern for art museums’ positioning and their operations.


However, an art museum is definitely something more than a fixed architectural space. Its transition from an art palace focusing on collection, research and display to the cultural institution of knowledge production in public domain has shaped it into a long-term influence being exerted on the generation of urban culture. It has already become a medium for possible cultural exchanges in communities, a representative of the open minds taking in diversified cultures, as well as a thinking pattern to learn about the region and to look into the world. The urban cultures have been shown in the

museums in the city, consequently evolving the city into a wall-less museum of art.


A city as a museum, or a museum city, not only requires attention and policy supports from the authorities in charge of cultural administration, but also demands the participation and cooperation of non-governmental forces; It can’t be developed without enterprises’ patronage in cultural construction and the support of independent artists, art spaces and even the self-organized art districts. This edition’s Biennale has assembled different limps and organs to form diversified urban art groups into a broader framework of urban culture, to discuss from multiple angles the close relationship between the art museum itself (from a concrete institution to an abstract concept) and the status quo of urban and cultural development.











Section A: Social Spectacle

Artists: Deng Chunru & Wang Ting, Fan Wenku, Fang Lijun, He Liangfeng, H.H. Lim, Jiang Heng, Li Luming, Li Qiang, Lin Shan, Liu Da, Liu Jianhua, Liu Qinghe,  Liu Xianglin, Lu Shenghe, Luo Taisheng, Qi Mengguang, Sun Li, Wen Zhenfei, Xu Tan, Xue Yang, Zhang Xun, Zhou Liqun 


Section B: Spiritual Construction

Artists: Chen Xiangbing, Chen Xiangbo, Deng Rongbin, Dong Dawei, Fang Wei, Gao Wei, Hao Qiang, Jiang An, Jin Haofan, Li Rongwei, Liang Yu, Lin Ke, Wang Luyan, Xie Anyu, Yang Shaobin, Yang Xiaoyang, Ye Wen, Yu Xudong, Zhang Xinyi, Zhang Yuxing, Zhong Xi, Zhou Li, Zou Wei









讲座主持 · 城市(是)美术馆 

Lecture · City (as) Museum




论坛 · 城市对话

Forum · City Dialogue