Biennial Foundation

Organisation: CAFA Art Museum
Year founded: 2011

'CAFAM' is an acronym for the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, abbreviated as the 'CAFAM Biennale', the full title is 'The Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum Biennale'.

The CAFAM Biennale is founded on a broad vision of contemporary culture, and it references the framework, structure and unique characteristics of international biennales. From a Chinese cultural standpoint, and utilizing the academic research background of the Central Academy of Art, it attempts to explore historical and literary issues, emphasizing the creativity and conscious nature of art as it explores the vanguard in cultural thinking, research and exhibition modes, constructing an international platform for academic research and artistic dialogue.

The CAFAM Biennale will address pressing issues in contemporary art, inviting curators, artists and experts from across the world to conceive and participate in the exhibition, to produce and exhibit art works, join in seminars and produce publications. Furthermore, with the goal of making the exhibition a social and cultural event, CAFAM will work to facilitate and encourage the student community and the public in attending generous programming featuring interactive and educational events.

An important segment of the CAFAM Biennale are the forums: Each forum will discuss topics related to the exhibition. Each session will feature four scholars versed in the literature, and the aim of these forums is to extend cultural discussions through interactive dialogue, putting the exhibition into a visual narrative context.