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REVIEWS

BEIJNG

1ST BEIJING BIENNALE

by KAREN SMITH

SUI JIANGUO and WANG WENHUI, Sleeping Mao, 2003, Painted fiberglass, 220 x 110 x 50 cm.

In China two strains of modern life have been inextricably linked to the nation's contemporary art scene since the mid-1980s: chaos and construction. Both were demonstrated dynamically in the multitude of exhibitions that took place in Beijing this past fall, led by the inaugural Beijing Biennale.

Amid the chaos to be expected was the unprecedented opening of more than ten unofficial satellite exhibitions in addition to the Biennale's…

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