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Zhao Bandi in Action

Since artist Zhao Bandi successfully exhibited his panda fashion during 2008 Chinese International Fashion Week, he is now going to present BANDI PANDA fashion show at Palais de Tokyo to the world! Panda is a symbol of China. Chinese artist Zhao Bandi takes this unqiue symbol as his own, and uses it to show the world a very distinctive China through his incredible creativity in the way of art. Zhao Bandi's works include Photograph, Video and Performance.The works of Zhao Bandi, known by its openness and the power of interference to Chinese society, have made him one of the most famous and influential artists in China.


Zhao Bandi has been attracting the general public with his unique art practice. His way of doing art has thrown him repeatedly to the spotlight of the stage, and his seemingly absurd works keep making thought-provoking dialogues with the society. Recently, he has been busy giving the “Panda Award” which he set up by himself, to honor those he considered most treasured in contemporary China. People receiving the award range from farmers, workers, pop singers and political figures. In the past February, representatives from the Office of President of Taiwan accepted the award on behalf of Ma Ying-jeou, president of Taiwan.


 Zhao Bandi was born in 1966 in Beijing, where he lives and works. He graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1988. Since 1993, his works have been shown at international exhibitions, including the Sydney Biennale (1998), 48th Venice Biennale (1999) and 1st Guangzhou Triennale (2002). His project -Zhao Bandi & Panda- has been on public display in Shanghai, Milan, London and elsewhere.


The Palais de Tokyo, an art deco building that dates from 1937 and reopened in 2001, which is right next door to the Museum of Modern Art at the Trocadero, has opened as a showcase for contemporary art. The idea is to have no permanent collections, but to let experimental artists have somewhere in central Paris to express themselves, hence an opening full of “installation” and “interactive” art.