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Re-Mapping Globalization at the CP Biennale
Despite mixed reception from the Indonesia art world, Jim supangkat, chief curator of the CP Foundation, is optimistic about the opening of the second CP Biennale in Jakarta in September. The criticism he received for the CP Open Biennale 2003 focused on the selection system. The 2005 event promises to be different and Supangkat is confident that the biennale will make Jakarta the new art center of Southeast Asia. Revolving around the theme "Urban/Culture", the biennale will take place in the 19th-century Bank Indonesia building in downtown Jakarta.
The second CP Biennale (CPB05), which will be held from September 5 to October 5, features a range of artists, including, Chinese artist Yue Minjun, Korean installation artist Choi Jeong Hwa and Indonesian mixed-media artist Dadang Christanto. The biennale will also present many artists' groups or individual projects, including the works of artist initiative ruangrupa (Jakarta), Klinik Seni Taksu (Bali), Commonroom (Bandung) and other Indonesian coorperatives. The participation of architects, such as West-8 from The Netherlands and Atelier Bow-Wow from Japan, will strengthen the urban context of the Biennale.
CPB05, poses a special challenge: How do curators properly present art, not as mere objects on display in a modern museum, but as vital objects in spaces that will actively involve the public? This is especially important as the exhibition venue itself is a living museum where the present meets the past.
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