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In the Chinese city. Perspectives on the transmutations of an Empire

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From 4 November 2008 to 22 February 2009

Opening hours

From Tuesday to Sunday from 11a.m. to 8p.m.
Closed on non-holiday Mondays

The ticket desk closes half an hour before the Centre's closing time

Exhibition prices

ADMISSION TO ONE EXHIBITION

Price:
6 €

Concessions: 4 € for senior citizens, under-25s, large families, single-parent families and group visits (minimum 15 persons) .

Free admission: under-12s, Friends of the CCCB, senior citizens in possession of a Targeta Rosa, the unwaged. And on Sundays from 3 to 8 p.m., as well as International Museum Day, Museums at Night, and the city festivities of Santa Eulàlia and La Mercè.


COMBINED ADMISSION TO TWO OR MORE EXHIBITIONS

Price: 8.00 €

Concessions: 6.00 € for senior citizens, under-25s, large families, single-parent families and group visits.


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A single ticket giving admission to the CCCB, MACBA, MNAC, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Fundació Joan Miró and Museu Picasso. Price 30 € (valid for 3 month)
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The CCCB presents "IN THE CHINESE CITY. Overview of an empire's mutations", coproduced with the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine (Paris), where the exhibition, from 19 June to 19 September 2008.

For a decade now, China has been immersed in major processes of construction and destruction that have greatly modified its landscape. The exhibition will situate these changes in the country's historical and cultural continuum. It aims to present the reality of the city past and present in four of its dimensions: town planning, architecture, landscape and infrastructure. It will also be an opportunity to compare these realities with the Chinese and Western imaginaries, and with mechanisms of information or propaganda.

The exhibition takes as its basis the presentation of archaeological documents, works of art, models, archive images and contemporary creation. The exhibition layout, unified by the notion of change, is broken down into a dozen independent spaces associated with a Chinese word or concept, or a city that will be presented by means of one of its principal characteristics, with particular emphasis on Beijing, currently embarked on major urban development centring on the Olympic Games.

Some of the sections will be Garden, Character, Earth, Water, Feng shui and Construction / Destruction, and the cities will include Suzhou, Xi'an, Chongqing, Canton, ShangáiShangái and Beijing.

Comments:

Within the framework of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue

La exposición presentará diversas piezas importantes. Algunas han sido prestadas por instituciones chinas, especialmente un plano-relieve del Instituto de Urbanismo de Pequín, que no había salido nunca de China, así como maquetas de construcción que han sido prestadas por la Universidad Tongji de Shanghai o por la Universidad de Tianjin. Otras provienen de colecciones francesas públicas, como los museos Guimet y Cernuschi (París), el Musée Départamental Albert Kahn (Boulogne-Billancourt), o privadas (Dautresme, Fava...). Muchas de las fotografías que nos permiten ilustrar el objetivo de esta epopeya urbana provienen de fotógrafos chinos y son obras, la gran mayoría, desconocidas por el público.


Filmes

La exposición también ha conseguido tener una dimensión cinematográfica que forma parte del conjunto. El cineasta Jia Zhangke, León de Oro en el Festival de Venecia en 2006 por la película Still life, ha orquestado el trabajo de cuatro de sus colegas sobre ciudades simbólicas de la transformación contemporánea. Y los equipos del CCCB han puesto al servicio del proyecto su conocimiento en el campo de la toma de vistas y del montaje audiovisual. El cortometraje pensado especialmente para la exposición, Cry Me a River, dirigido por el mismo Jia Zhangke, fue seleccionado para mostrarse fuera de concurso en el festival de Venecia en agosto del 2008.

A la ciutat xinesa. Mirades sobre les transformacions d’un imperi
Ideologia i transformació - Josep Ramoneda

Languages: catalan

61-Xina-Ramo-cat.pdf (209 KB)

En la ciudad china. Miradas sobre las transformaciones de un imperio
Ideología y transformación

Languages: spanish

61-Xina-Ramo-caste.pdf (185,8 KB)

In the Chinese city. Perspectives on the transmutations of an empire
Ideology and transformation

Languages: english

61-Xina-Ramo-ang.pdf (205,6 KB)

Quadern educatiu

Languages: catalan

A_la_ciutat_xinesa.pdf (2427,5 KB)

Organized by:

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de BarcelonaCité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine

With the support of:

DEPARTEMENT DES HAUTS-DE-SEINE Musee Albert Kahn

Sponsorship:

Zona Franca Consortium of Barcelona

With the collaboration of:

Bancaja


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