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The city of Xijing (西京, "West Capital") does not yet exist on the maps, and yet it is the geographical pendant to Beijing (北京, "North Capital"), Nanjing (南京, "South Capital) and Tokyo (東京, "East Capital"). For several years now the Xijing Men – Gimhong Sok from Korea, Chen Shaoxiong from China and Ozawa Tsuyoshi from Japan – have been the embodiment, in every possible way, of a potential micro-nation that moves with the exhibitions they take part in – and which comprises three citizens from three nations long enmeshed in relationships of radical hostility. After their organisation of parallel Olympics in Beijing and the chance "discovery" of forged historical texts, the Xijing Men have "reconstructed" for the Biennale a model apartment – that of the president of Xijing Land – surrounded by sand and cactus. The Xijing flag and various videos bring the final touch to a project whose goal is the integration of Xijing as a city in its own right into the virtual world of Google and interactive maps.

With the support of the City of Lyon botanical gardens.

I Love Xijing - the daily life of Xijing President, 2009
Photos: Blaise Adilon
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Customised guided tours will run throughout the Biennale at La Sucrière and the Museum of Contemporary Art, tailored to audiences ranging from the last year of nursery school up to higher education.
These experiences allow real interaction between group and mediator.
The discovery trails are devised to sharpen the eye, awaken sensibilities and hone the critical faculties, while exploring the latest work and developments on the contemporary-art scene.

Visites scolaires

Cycle 2 / cycle 3 tours

Duration: 1hr
Price: €50 (per group of 15 children maximum)
"Biennale /Petitart" rate: depending on number of activities chosen

Information meeting for primary-school teachers
To book,
call: +33 (0)4 72 82 13 05.
Wednesday 30 September
2pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art
4.30pm at La Sucrière

Tours for secondary-school and higher-education students

Price: €70 (per group of 25 students maximum)
Secondary-school students pay with their M'ra card

Information meeting for secondary-school and higher-education teachers
To book,
call: +33 (0)4 72 82 13 05.
Wednesday 30 September
2pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art
4.30pm at La Sucrière

For primary-school pupils...

The Biennale is partnering with the Petitart association to offer a four-part "contemporary art" module, dispensed at the Biennale and in the classroom.
It aims to familiarise pupils with contemporary art through the discovery of an international exhibition (with workshop and education pack), combined with fun and educational activities in the classroom.

For more details, click here

For upper secondary-school pupils...

A Soprano call for projects has been launched to culture clubs across the Rhône-Alpes region. For more details, contact the education department (see details below) or go to the Rhône Alpes Regional Council website.

Book now!

+33 (0)4 72 82 13 05

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