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The 57th International Art Exhibition-La Biennale di Venezia·PAVILION OF CHINA


The theme of the China Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, Continuum-Generation by Generation, is based on the Chinese concept of buxi (不息). Literally meaning 'ceaselessly' and 'unrelentingly,‘ buxi also Implies unbroken energetic transmission; and a generative life force that survives through resilience and adaptability to the vicissitudes of history and fate. These vitues have been a core aspect of Chinese civilizational ontology since ancient times. In the ’Great commentary' (Dayi) section or the classic Chinese text of divinatlon, the Book of Changes (Yijing), lt states: ‘life and growth: this is the meaning of transformation and change (shenghshengzhi wei yi); and ‘The movement of the Heavens ls constant and full of power; thus the enlightened one strengthens and exerts himself ceaselessly and tirelessly (tian xing jian, junzi yi ziqiang buxi).The formal Chinese title of this exhibition, rendered in elegant calligraphy, is in fact, simply the term buxi, and In order to illustrate the concept of cultural Iineage passmg through the generations, each of these two characters is written in a different hand:the character bu is in the hand of the great fourth-century calligrapher Wang Xizhi(303-361),while the second character,xi,is the calligraphy of his son,Wang Xianzhi(344-386).