重新启动：第三届成都双年展Reboot: The Third Chengdu Biennial
The current Chengdu Biennial, Reboot, is the third since it has been held under the present name. If we count the first such exhibition, Door of the Millennium: Chinese Art Invitational, 1979-1999, held in 1999, when the Chengdu Modern Art Museum was first established, this exhibition series already has an eight-year history. The beginning of the new millennium saw a weakness in art activities and the market and insufficient attention to art by the business world. At present, the art market is increasingly hot, and all levels of society pay more attention to cultural undertakings. Regardless of these ups and downs, throughout these eight years, we have maintained our original principal: the development of the Chinese economy must affect culture and art. In other words, only when the cultural sphere of China is developed and expanded will Chinese society reach a harmonious state and the economy grow in a healthy way. China’s rise cannot take place without the rise of Chinese culture. This is also the reason why, during these eight years, we have tirelessly involved ourselves with sponsorship of artistic activities.Based on this belief, support and promotion for the development of Chinese art and facilitation of cultural endeavors is the core mission of the Chengdu Modern Art Museum and the Chengdu Biennial. Since the first Chengdu Biennial we have also turned our eyes to emerging artists, because the appearance of new artists will stimulate the continued development of Chinese art. With concern for new artists and for the future of Chinese art, an emerging artists’ exhibition, to be held in conjunction with the major thematic exhibition, will be a special highlight of the Chengdu Biennial. We are very happy to see the Chengdu Biennial receive more and more attention domestically and abroad. I am proud that Chengdu, an inland city located in China’s southwest, was a pioneer eight years ago, along with Shanghai, in the new exhibition format of the biennial. Now Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, and Shenzhen all have biennials or triennials of different kinds, and such cultural construction is more and more highly valued nationwide. As a person born and raised in Chengdu, and still living and working in the city, I have done my best to contribute to this development. This is my honor and my pleasure. With great support from the government, a new art museum building of 30,000 square meters will be constructed for coming biennials. The future is full of great hope, and we will continue to put our effort into these projects. I wish the Chengdu Biennial great success in the future. I am very grateful to all the people who have supported the Chengdu Biennial over these eight years, and also to the colleagues who have worked so hard for this third biennial.
Deng HongChairman, the Third Chengdu BiennialJuly 2007