About Shanghai Biennale


First launched in 1996, the Shanghai Biennale is not only China's most established and influential international biennale of contemporary art, but also one of the most important biennales in Asia.


With its changing theme every two years, the biennale has always taken Shanghai as its primary focus, gathering the most talented and cutting-edge international curators and artists at the pinnacle of the industry, to explore the ultimate connection between urban life, contemporary art and the public. It has also become a large-scale biennale platform in Shanghai for the exchange and exhibition of contemporary art pieces.


Themes of Previous Shanghai Biennales


1996 - "Open Space"

1998 - "Inheritance and Exploration"

2000 - "Spirit of Shanghai"

2002 - "Urban Creation"

2004 - "Techniques of the Visible"

2006 - "Hyper Design"

2008 - "Translocalmotion"

2010 - "Rehearsal"

2012 - “Reactivation”

2014 - “Social Factory”