China Goes Urban. The City to Come.
“China Goes Urban. The City to Come” is an original exhibition curated by the Politecnico di Torino and Prospekt Photographers with Tsinghua University in Beijing, and organized in collaboration with Intesa Sanpaolo, kicks off the Fall program of the MAO – Museo d’Arte Orientale in Turin.
In 1978, 18 per cent of the population in China lived in urban areas.
Since then the number of inhabitants in cities has increased approximately 1 per cent per annum and currently makes up 60 per cent of the total population. New infrastructures and settlements have gradually modified the landscape, transformed property rights, swept away administrative boundaries, and “gobbled up” rural spaces and villages.
Understanding the rapid, disruptive process of Chinese urbanisation is not easy. Existing categories and models are useless. If we believe it to simply be an exaggeration and a flaw, we are effectively ignoring the fact it constitutes an epochal change, that the current pandemic makes ever more deep and hard, one which redefines roles and relationships not only from a geopolitical point of view but also from the point of view of culture, imagination and possibilities.
Starting from these premises, deeply explored within the research for the monography “The City after Chinese New Town”, the project has become a public exhibition. From 16 October 2020 to 14 February 2021, MAO Museo d’Arte Orientale (Fondazione Torino Musei) promotes an original exhibition titled “China Goes Urban. The City to Come,” curated by the Politecnico di Torino and Prospekt Photographers with Tsinghua University in Beijing, and organized in collaboration with Intesa Sanpaolo.
China Goes Urban. The City to Come proposes to change the viewpoint, to look at reality rather than pigeonhole it in predefined categories and models. It is an invitation to explore the world by travelling through the city and architecture of today and tomorrow. It does not provide answers. It interrogates and questions. It highlights the relationship between the specificities and differences of current global urbanisation. It indicates to what extent today changes in China are not foreign to us and our existence in the world.
The team of China Room is in charge of the scientific curatorship for Politecnico di Torino.
The Catalogue of the exhibition is published by Skira.
More info: www.chinagoesurban.com