The 9th edition of the Shanghai Biennale is coming soon, and in the heart of the former power station Nanshi Power Plant, which hosts it this year, there’s a hidden Italian gem: a retrospective celebrating Palermo, its history but also the near future scenarios of the city, set in the Mediterranean.
PALERMO FELICISSIMA, curated by Laura Barreca and Davide Quadrio tells about the Sicilian capital through the works of Massimo Bartolini, Pina Bausch, Vanessa Beecroft, Manfredi Beninati, Emma Dante, Formafantasma, Stefania Galegati Shines, Guo Hongwei, Lee Kit, Laboratorio Saccardi and Francesco Simeti, borrowing the title of the literary work of Nino Basile (1932) on the artistic and cultural heritage of the territory. But the exhibition is primarily a journey to discover the identity and culture of the city, its unique atmosphere and its unfading contradictions that characterize and transform it into a unique dimension.
The 2012 Shanghai Biennale is curated by Qiu Zhijie con Boris Efimovich Groys, Jens Hoffmann e Johnson Chang Tsong-zung who, in the wake of the theme Reactivation, strongly wanted to represent the other nations in the section City Pavilion: organized by Davide Quadrio, Francesca Girelli and Huang I, it must be recognized to them the curatorial accuracy of also representing both bigger or lesser-known small towns such as Mumbai, Tehran, Moscow, Vancouver, Lyon and for Italy, in fact, the city of Palermo.

Ilaria Giordano

Shanghai Biennale 2012
Group Show
402, 585, Nan Chezhan Road

Shanghai, from 1st October to December 31, 2012