Creation of the MoCA Yinchuan Biennale

The first edition of the MoCA Yinchuan Biennale in China will be taking place from 9 September to 18 December 2016. Titled “For an Image, Faster Than Light”, the event will gather over 80 artists from all over the world. The highly anticipated first edition of this new biennale organised in Yinchuan will be hosting great contemporary artists including Abigail Reynolds (winner of the BMW Art Journey), Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor, Hicham Berrada, Ivan Navarro, Liu Wei and Robert Montgomery. The biennale will be curated by Bose Krishnamachari, cofounder and curator of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in...

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New museum dedicated to contemporary Chinese and Islamic art

The Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan (MOCA Yinchuan), located in Northwest China, will open its doors on 8 August 2015. For the occasion, a series of inaugural exhibitions will be displayed from 8 August until 6 December 2015. The MOCA Yinchuan will be the first contemporary art museum in Northwest China. Located not far from the Yellow River, it will be surrounded by natural landscapes. The museum aims at promoting contemporary art and will concentrate its programming on Chinese and Islamic contemporary art. The choice of location is understandable because the region has always been a cultural crossroads, especially at the time of the Silk Road. MOCA Yinchuan will host paintings dating from the Qing dynasty as well as numerous maps detailing the exchanges between China and countries in the West. These elements form an important basis, highlighting the permanence of cultural exchange in the region. The opening of MOCA Yinchuan is linked to its desire to create a partnership between China and Muslim countries. Within the framework of the China-Arab States EXPO, organised every two years, the museum will organise an exhibition dedicated to a Muslim country. This exhibition will present both the culture of the country as well as the works by its contemporary artists. The inaugural exhibitions of MOCA Yinchuan will be six in number and will be dedicated to various subjects: Jordanian contemporary art, the utilisation of traditional tools in contemporary art, the evolution of art in China, and its influence in cultural...

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Art comes to the banks of the Yellow River

Yinchuan, 6 June 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The banks of the Yellow River in the town of Yinchuan, capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in the centre of China, are to host the Yellow River Arts Centre from spring 2014. This project was announced on 18 May 2012, during the Art HK fair. This new project, the most important cultural building to be built in this region, will host the Yinchuan Art Museum, dedicated to Chinese contemporary art and art history, over 15,000 m2, according to the press release released on e-architect.co.uk. The location, the total floor area of which is some 80 hectares, will also include a sculpture park, managed in collaboration with the British Cass Sculpture Foundation, displaying works commissioned especially for the occasion, and also capable of hosting festivals, monumental works, and  performances. The centre will also offer residence, research, and art education programmes. Its already constituted board of directors includes international members, from various Chinese regions, and also from Singapore, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, and even Denmark. A work by We Architect Anonymous, an Australian architects office, the Yellow River Art Centre is itself part of the development project “River Origins”, applying to a dozen towns on the banks of the Yellow River, over a 400 km distance, and enjoying a €4 billion...

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