Reopening an Abandoned Glass Factory for the Shenzhen Biennale
This week’s Art Thursday takes us to a port city in southern China and a hill of shipping containers. The fifth Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (深港城市\建筑双城双年展) opened last month with simultaneous shows in the cities of Hong Kong and Shenzhen. For the Shenzhen show in Guangdong province, the event has transformed abandoned factories into exhibitions with spiraling staircases and viewing platforms.
One of the exhibition venues at the biennale is the Value Factory—a giant, derelict glass factory with 43,000 square meters of floor area. Until 2009, the space was the production hall for the Guangdong Float Glass company, but it is now an open exhibition space producing ideas and inspiration with an elevated walkway and glowing handrails. The rest of the factory is home to exhibition spaces for the next three months with shows from cultural institutions across the globe including London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (@vamuseum) and New York’s Museum of Modern Art (@themuseumofmodernart).