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Beijing may have the real Olympics this summer, but Shanghai is staging its own cultural games all year. Since Jan. 1, the Zendai Museum of Modern Art has put on a different exhibit, or “happening,” as part of its ambitious “Intrude: Art & Life 366” project. The 366 events, created by both Chinese and international artists, are largely public, interactive and conceptual, in keeping with the program’s mission to introduce art into the lives of the city’s denizens.
The exhibit opened with Gu Wenda’s installation of Chinese lanterns at the Zendai museum and has included work such as Wu Yunyong’s ongoing and interactive Slang Dictionary, and 366 Days of Reassurance, for which Liang Yue posts a daily photograph on her blog of the Chinese characters fang xin—meaning “don’t worry.” Vibeke Jensen’s Night Watch featured video projections of a giant green eye on bridges and underpasses around the city. For “Artistic Archaeology 2008,” Fan Shuru set up photographs and documents relating to modern Shanghai’s transformation in a transparent tent at the Daning LifeHub shopping street, where visitors were encouraged to deposit their own photos and drawings.
This story first appeared in the March 24, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
“Intrude: Art & Life 366”
Jan. 1–Dec. 31
Zendai Museum of Modern Art and various locations throughout Shanghai