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The 2000 Shanghai Biennale

The Making of a Historical Event

Wu Hung

Skyline of the Pudolng district (detail), Shaghai. Photograph Wu Hung


The 2000 Shanghai Biennale was held from 6 November 2000 to 6 January 2001 in the newly expanded Shanghai Art Museum. Soon after its opening - and long before it completed its full course - people were already envisioning it as history.

Poster of the Third Shanghai Biennale, 2000. Photograph Wu Hung.

Thus we heard much about its projected 'historical significance' during the first few days of the show, albeit…

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