China's Art Scene: the Naked Truth

China is known for antiquities, not for modern art. But cultural pursuits on the mainland are blossoming, and works by some of the region's finest—and strangest—artists are getting exposure in China following decades of repression. This month, travelers have a choice of major art exhibitions now taking place on the mainland. Here are reports from Guangzhou's Triennial modern arts festival (the southern city's first big go at the arts scene) and the more established Shanghai Biennale:

Mr. Wang, who asks not to use his first name, wandered along Shanghai's historic Bund the other day. Perfectly...

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