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Fan Zhe, © Pierre Grasset

The Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne invites China to provide design Chinese panorama, a major exhibition of the next edition. As a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Saint-Étienne invites four other City of Design (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan) and a Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts (Hangzhou), to draw up a panorama for French and international visitors. The exhibition will explain the renewal of forms and Chinese design at the dawn of a new creation era.

Fan Zhe, a Chinese artist that contributes to the development of relations between France and China, will ensure the curating and the scenography of this exhibition.

Chinese design has long been associated to copy and lack of quality. Chinese Design, Present and future exhibition is committed to highlight changes and tendency from China in terms of design. Guest cities will present their specificities, between tradition and innovation to prove that China also have a major position in the international design landscape.

The exhibition is divided in three parts, with a panorama of actual Chinese design, so the visitor can understand differences between the two cultures thanks to design, a forward-looking part that considers the future of design through great issues such as mobility or smart cities.
The third part is led by the Saint-Étienne Higher School of art and design. The ESADSE invites European art and design higher school to promote their collaborations with China and their contribution to the emergence of contemporary design, in which artistic and cultural cross-fertilization builds new paths of reflection.

FAN Zhe is an artist and curator of many exhibitions. Originally from Liaoning, China, he began his studies in France in 2000 and obtained, in 2006, a Master 2 degree in Fine Arts at the University of Paris VIII.

He also develops his own design productions; since 2002, he has successively published six books on design related to furniture, advertising, shop windows, fashion catalogues and sculptures, all of which are available in Paris.
From 2007 to 2013, he ran his own design company.

For the 50th anniversary of Franco-Chinese relations, he created the “Centre d'Art Contemporain Sino-Français” (CACSF). In 2015, the former Cévenol College became the Parc International Cévenol (PIC).

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