Autumn is the best season in Beijing, while the Beijing Biennale is the most beautiful scenery in this golden autumn. The 6th Beijing Biennale under the theme of “Memory and Dream”, co-sponsored by the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality and the China Artists Association and executed by the China Artists Association is expected to be exhibited in the National Art Museum of China from Sep.24 to Oct.15, 2015. The exhibition attracts 685 pieces of artwork from 96 countries covering paintings, sculptures, installations, videos and mixed media (188 pieces of artwork from China, 497 pieces of artwork from foreign countries) Besides the Theme Exhibition, there are six Special Exhibitions of Contemporary Art, including the Special Exhibition of Canada, the Special Exhibition of Chile, the Special Exhibition of Ecuador, the Special Exhibition of Southeast Asia, the Special Exhibition of Armenia and the Special Exhibition of South Africa. Both the number of participating countries and artworks and the length of displaying line and the duration of the exhibition of the 6th Beijing Biennale surpass previous ones. It is the first time that the exhibition covers the whole exhibition line of the National Art Museum of China. The International Art Gala with unprecedented size of participating countries enriches the magnificent scenery of autumn in Beijing and provides a high standard visual feast for all art lovers from all over the world. Beijing Biennale serves as a platform to demonstrate historical and cultural memories of different countries and express our expectation and aspiration for the future by means of art.
Photography by Zhou Na
The 6th Beijing Biennale under the theme of Memory and Dream attracting more than half of UN member states
Artists from all over the world were encouraged to create paintings and sculptures related to the theme to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World Anti-Fascist War. History and reality are embodied in our memories and dreams, which also connect the past with the future. Therefore, the theme “Memory and Dream” illustrates best the humane views of the artists, evokes their passion for artistic creation and gives them room for imagination, thus producing artworks as deep as memories and as miraculous as dreams.
After the theme was published, many artists from all over the world got down to work. More than 6,000 artists from 106 countries and regions (including China) submitted 18,386 artworks, making this year’s Biennale the largest ever. Artists from China including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, the US, France, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Greece, and Romania showed the most enthusiasm. Through fierce competition and a strict selection process, 605 artists from 96 countries including China, the US, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Canada, and Australia were invited to the Biennale, which is a record. And more than 90% of the artworks displayed were created by foreign artists. The practice of the past 5 sessions in a decade has made the exhibition well received in terms of its philosophy, themes, evaluation and organizing system.
Contemporary paintings and sculptures: a carnival for artists from all over the world.
Since its foundation in 2003, the BIAB has showcased contemporary paintings and sculptures from all over the world. The Biennale is an event recognized by artists globally and is Beijing’s largest platform of its kind. This year, more than 200 artists will attend the opening ceremony of the Biennale, seminars and other activities, with half of them coming to China for the first time. The artists speak different languages, have different skin colors and religious beliefs, but they share a common love of painting and sculpture. The Biennale is a time to appreciate 700 paintings and sculptures from different countries, communicate with other artists and get a firsthand taste of the passion of the Chinese people.
The Organizing Committee of the Beijing International Art Biennale