Chengdu's biggest art exhibition seems to shrink from time to time, and this year's is a case in point: it features 200 pieces created by only 50 upcoming Chinese artists.
The curators seem to have finally given up on forging international links with the biennale, and although all presented works are by young artists, the exhibition only occasionally breathes the spirit of youth. Gone are the rawness, the playfulness, the freshness of ideas, the experimentation, and rebellion that are so often embodied by youth.
The exhibition feels like a tamed down recollection of memories past, and as the ugly posters indicate, the whole thing might be a bust for the experienced Chinese art lover looking to discover little new highlights. If you are, however, unfamiliar with Chinese and Sichuanese contemporary art, it might be worth your time and effort to visit. And besides, the exhibition hall is so fast you'll have plenty of space to yourself—in itself a precious thing in Chengdu.
July 22 to August 15; free entrance.
Take Metro Line 1 to southernmost stop, Century City (世纪城), and walk 10 minutes east toward the New Exhibition Center Hall 4
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