The fourth Biennale China-Italia of Contemporary Art is scheduled to open on August 27, 2016 in Beijing and the Biennale would be held in three venues, the 798 Art Zone, No. 3 Plastic Cultural Park, and Manet Art Museum. With the first Biennale held in 2012, the Biennale has been held in Italy and China in turn since then. As an cultural interaction of the forefront creations of two most ancient countries, China and Italy, the event has been held for three times.
Themed "Metamorphosis", the old factory of Beijing No. 3 Plastic Cultural Park covering 3,000 square meters was renovated to highlight the concept of "metamorphosis" in post-industrial era, and the 1, 200 square meters exhibition hall of Beijing Manet Art Museum and the wonderful space of Taihe Art Gallery are also venues of the two-month event. Against the backdrop of acute civilization clashes, the event, gathering more than 90 prominent Chinese and Italian artists, holds a dialogue between the frontiers of two ancient civilizations. "Metamorphosis is man's expectations of advancing the past and grasping the future, and we put that hope on our artists," said Wang Jingyi, chief curator of this Biennale, "and all the debates and discussions that may arise therefrom, which is the value and significance of the Biennale and the basis of its reputation." Sandro Orlandi, chief curator of the Italian side, said, "we believe that art is the creator of change, and a way to prove that humans know how to advance the past."