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THE BIG PICTURE

No Introductions Necessary

by Bridget Goodbody

XU ZHEN, Conceptual rendering of Shout, 2005, DVD players, projectors and audio system, dimensions variable. Courtesy China Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2005.

The 2005 China Pavilion, the first in the 110-year history of the Venice Biennale, signals the beginning of a cultural love fest between China and Italy. Just as the Italian government granted Chinese tourists the right to obtain individual tourist visas this winter, Fan Di'an, vice president of Beijing's Central Art Academy, set in motion plans for a permanent China Pavilion in…

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