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Formerly known as Shanghai Fine Arts (undergraduate) School established in 1959, Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts was incorporated into the newly established Shanghai University in 1983 by inheriting the Shanghai style art spirit of Shanghai Fine Arts Training School founded by Liu Haisu in 1912. Since then, it changed name to the Fine Arts College of Shanghai University. In December 2016, the school was officially named as Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts (SAFA). There are 5 first-class disciplines,13 undergraduate disciplines and 3 first-class doctoral degree disciplines. With the resources-generating effects from the international metropolis and the advantage of affiliating to the comprehensive university, SAFA has gathered a group of internationallyknown guest professors, including Frances Morris (Director, Tate Modern), Jean De Loisy (Director, Palais de Tokyo), Eva Franch i Gilabert (Director, AA School of Architecture), Italo Rota (Academic Director, Domus and NABA), Andrew Brewerton (Principal, Plymouth School of Art), and Daniel Moquay (Coordinator, Yves Klein Archive).
In the future, SAFA will focus on the talents-works-influence trinitarian outcome, in order to forge an art creation and talents cultivation platform for home and abroad, with the overall art production system from talent discovery, quality-oriented education, to work creation, marketing and operation, and influence enhancement.
Organized by SIAC Research Institute established in June 2017, co-founded by the BAOWU Group, the world's second largest state-run steel company, and Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts (SAFA). SIAC Research Institute serves as a professional think-tank with strategic consultancy to suggest on policies, project initiation, bidding standard, etc. for SIAC and the new campus of SAFA under construction. Besides, it provides organizational management for the Art City through branding and publicity, and leads relevant researches on software subjects around the constructions and needs of the new SAFA, in order to promote the infrastructure construction of the art city. The international art city will have essential facilities, such as an art academy, an art street, studios, museums, and association and entity of international art education etc. In 2017, the SIAC made an open call to the architects and teams for making proposals for the concept design of SAFA in SIAC, and invited domestic and foreign experts, scholars and elites to select the futuristic concept design that matches with the status of Shanghai. In 2018, SIAC held the international forum with the title of "Urban Transformation Through Art" in Shanghai, in collaboration with The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage (TICCIH), League on Industrial Heritage in China, Shanghai University Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, BAOWU Group etc. With the vision of the "International Art City", the new integrated model of art, industry, cities, sustainability, and transformation was discussed. By forging ahead to the brand new urban industry development in 22nd century, it tries to create a city life entity covering artistic life, production and ecology in all aspects. It aims to drive the rebirth of industrial heritage with the efforts of SAFA students and faculties as local residents, revive the city industry with art education, reshape the ecology of social governance with humanistic wisdom, and build an ideal urban format with intelligent science and technology.
In collaboration with Shanghai Biennale First launched in 1996, the Shanghai Biennale is not only China's most established and influential international biennale of contemporary art, but also one of the most important biennales in Asia. With its changing theme every two years, the biennale has always taken Shanghai as its primary focus, gathering the most talented and cutting-edge international curators and artists at the pinnacle of the industry, to explore the ultimate connection between urban life, contemporary art and the public. It has also become a large-scale biennale platform in Shanghai for the exchange and exhibition of contemporary art pieces. The theme of the 12th Shanghai Biennale is "Proregress". It originated from the Chinese title "Yubu" in ancient Chinese mythology. It proposes a kind of social life that should be faced in the face of the current complicated social life. Positive gestures and actions and implied the importance of seeking new ways of thinking. Cuauhtémoc Medina, the main curator of the 12th Shanghai Biennale, and three curators: María Belén Sáez de Ibarra, Yukie Kamiya, Wang Weiwei, keenly saw this theme is for us to understand the validity of today's world, and then to connect it to the creation of art, as well as the ambiguity and contradiction that are common in the theme.
They will present the audience with the latest masterpieces of nearly 70 contemporary artists who are renowned or up-and-coming. The Shanghai Biennale will work with the audience to explore all kinds of interesting topics behind this series of works, and look forward to leading us through the paradox of culture and art in the form of culture and art.