International 2010 Archives
Art for the World [The Expo]
ART FOR THE WORLD [THE EXPO] is the major art project of the Shanghai World Expo 2010. The Sculpture-
French curator Ami Barak has invited 20 artists of international reputation to showcase their sculptures along the Expo Boulevard. As different as the works are, all of them deal with the urban situation, while also relating to tradition and posing the all important question of how we will face the future. The premise of the exhibition aims to elucidate to an audience the ways in which artists' negotiate and challenge current and prospective realities.
The Expo Boulevard is the main alley that will link the national pavilions and is anticipated to be the most visited spot on the Expo site. Around 70 million visitors will make their way around the sculptures as they amble between the pavilions. The French JGM Galerie won the international pitch to liven the Expo Boulevard with art and to produce the exhibition. Thanks to the main sponsor Martell and the support of Tomson and Erdos, ART FOR THE WORLD (THE EXPO) will be one of the most ambitious and lasting art events of the Expo.
9 of the 20 works have been commissioned by the World Expo Bureau or donated by sponsors. While the pavilions will disappear from the scene at the end of the year, some sculptures such as the "Dream Stone" by Sui Jianguo，the 9 meter high steel needle by Liu Jianhua or the Panda bear couple "He He" and "Xie Xie" by Zhang Huan will overlook the Huangpu River in the future and remain as a permanent landmark of the Expo in Shanghai.
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Exhibition 1 May -
The participating artists : Mircea Cantor, Chen Changwei, Wim Delvoye, Dan Graham, Subodh Gupta, Huang Zhiyang, Peter Kogler, Leung Mee Ping, Li Songhua, Liu Jianhua, Julian Opie, Tomas Saraceno, Shen Yuan, Sui Jianguo, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Xavier Veilhan, Wang Guangyi, Xiang Jing, Zhan Wang and Zhang Huan.