Andrés Jaque Appointed Chief Curator of the 13th Shanghai Biennale
Andrés Jaque Appointed Chief Curator of the 13th Shanghai Biennale
After careful consideration and with the broad support from the Academic Committee of the Power Station of Art, as well as receiving confirmation from the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism, Spanish curator, architect, and writer Andrés Jaque has been appointed the Chief Curator of the 13th Shanghai Biennale. The exhibition will be held at the Power Station of Art from November 13, 2020 to March 28, 2021.
Born in Spain in 1971, Andrés Jaque currently lives in New York and works as the Director of the Advanced Architectural Design Program at Columbia University. In 2013, Jaque founded the Office for Political Innovation, based in New York and Madrid, which operates at the intersection between architecture and art, focusing on the exploration of how different bodies, technologies, and environments converge to form interspecies alliances.
Expressing his vision for the 13th Shanghai Biennale, Jaque said: “It will be my priority that the city of Shanghai is not only a venue but also a fundamental actor in the discourse, content, and experience of the Shanghai Biennale. I very much look forward to working with agile artists to develop new productions in response to specific sites. New commissions will also be conceived with Shanghai-based groups, collectives, associations, or professionals, as a way to assemble different kinds of sensitivity and knowledge through art-making, and moreover, as a way to empower the legacy the Biennale leaves for the social tissues the city is constituted on.”
The PSA’s Academic Committee believes that Andrés Jaque excels at establishing connections between art and the public through his frequent interdisciplinary collaborations with artists, scientists, architects, historians, ecologists, and other like-minded individuals. Furthermore, his concept of spatial interventions and development of historical depth naturally connect the PSA with Shanghai’s civic infrastructure, allowing the Biennale to occupy the city and to stimulate the public’s imagination and discussions surrounding local experiences in Shanghai and human civilization as a whole.
The theme of the 13th Shanghai Biennale will be announced in January 2020. Recruitment for the Biennale’s City Projects will also be officially launched at that time.
About Andrés Jaque
Andrés Jaque is an architect, writer, and curator internationally renowned as one of the initiators of interscalar and transmedium approaches to urban and territorial studies. His work explores environments as the entanglement of life, bodies, technologies and environments. He holds a PhD from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). He has been the Heinrich Tessenow Stipendiat (Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S.) and Graham Foundation Grantee. He is the founder of the Office for Political Innovation, a New York/Madrid-based agency working at the intersection of research, critical environmental practices and design.
Andrés Jaque is the Director of Columbia University, Advanced Architectural Design Program – a legendary architectural innovation lab that has shaped the evolution of architecture in the last three decades. He has previously taught in Princeton University and UPM’s Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM). He has been awarded the Frederick Kiesler Prize, the most important distinction celebrating trajectories in the boundaries of art and spatial practices, the Silver Lion to the Best Project of the 14 Mostra Internazionale di Architettura della Biennale di Venezia, and the Dionisio Hernández Gil Prize to the intervention on historical enclaves. In 2018 he co-curated Manifesta 12 in Palermo, “The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence”, which inquired the ecological, technological and political role Palermo played as a site and actor of border violence and cross-pollination.
His work is part of the collection of MoMA in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago, among many others major museums around the world, and has been exhibited in international biennales, highlights including Venice, Sao Paulo and Gwanju; he has also developed projects with many of the most important cultural organizations around the world, including Victoria & Albert Museum, Het Nieuwe Instituut, London Design Museum, MoMA PS1, Columbia University, Princeton University. His publications include: ‘Superpowers of Scale’ (2019), ‘Transmaterial Politics’ (2017), ‘Transmaterial /Calculable’ (2017), ‘PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society’ (2013).
About the Shanghai Biennale
Launched in 1996, the Shanghai Biennale is not only the first international biennial of contemporary art in mainland China but also one of the most influential art events in Asia. In 2012, the Power Station of Art became the organizer and permanent venue of the Shanghai Biennale. From ‘Open Space’ in 1996, to ‘Inheritance and Exploration’ in 1998, ‘Spirit of Shanghai’ in 2000, ‘Urban Creation’ in 2002, ‘Techniques of the Visible’ in 2004, ‘Hyper Design’ in 2006, ‘Translocalmotion’ in 2008, ‘Rehearsal’ in 2010, ‘Reactivation’ in 2012, ‘Social Factory’ in 2014, ‘Why Not Ask Again’ in 2016, and ‘Proregress’ in 2018, the Biennale has always maintained Shanghai as its primary locus, upholding the mission of supporting academic and cultural innovation, while continuously tracking social evolution and trends in knowledge production in a global context with an open view. Gathering in Shanghai every two years, the Biennale has also become a large-scale platform for the international presence and exchange of contemporary art.
About the Shanghai Biennale City Projects
As a unique urban identity and cultural trademark, the Shanghai Biennale has long been committed to enabling active dialogues between contemporary art and the booming city of Shanghai. First launched in 2012, the Biennale’s City Projects interact with public spaces such as exhibition pavilions, cinemas, and cultural centers, mobilizing local actors to explore the regional context through shows, screenings, field surveys, and workshops. This program aims to extend the Biennale beyond the white cube and establish a closer relationship with the city’s residents and its cultural ecology.
Established on October 1, 2012, the Power Station of Art (PSA) is the first state-run museum dedicated to contemporary art in mainland China. It is also home to the Shanghai Biennale. Renovated from the former Nanshi Power Plant, PSA was once the Pavilion of Future during the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The museum has not only witnessed the city’s vast changes from the industry age to the IT era, but also provided a rich source of inspirations for artists with its simple yet straightforward architectural styles. And as Shanghai’s generator for its new urban culture, PSA regards non-stopping innovation and progress as the key to its long-term vitality. The museum has been striving to provide an open platform for the public to learn and appreciate contemporary art, break the barrier between life and art, and promote cooperation and knowledge generation between different schools of art and culture.