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CITIC SQUARE is located in the core business district of West Nanjing Road, forming a "Golden Triangle" of office buildings on West Nanjing Road with Meilongzhen Plaza and Hang Lung Plaza. It was once Shanghai's top shopping district and fashion front. Now, it is back after an upgrade and renovation. CITIC SQUARE's renovation project invited Kokaistudios to carry out the architectural renovation and interior design.

CITIC SQUARE adheres to the concept of "Breaking New Ground and Enjoying the Future", giving the public and visitors a fresh feeling. It also integrates music, art, digital technology and other diversified businesses, further enhancing the mall itself and the West Nanjing Road business district's unique cultural and commercial status in downtown Shanghai.

CITIC SQUARE's opening ceremony on 22nd December
Rendering of CITIC SQUARE
East and west entrance tri-fold screen
Location: Located at the east and west entrances of the mall
South Elevation Screen
Location: 5-6F on the highest level of the south façade of the mall
Atrium Shaped Atmosphere Screen
Location: Located around the atrium on the 3rd-4th floor of the mall, with 7 sides
'Renascence-Kaleidoscope' Video
Southeast Entrance
Southwest Entrance
Southside Elevation Screen
Atrium ambient screen
Live video - located at the southwest entrance

Based on computer image technology, the artist is trying to use the cycle of "fractal and derivation" to turn reality into visual spectacle and re-experience "aesthetics" with an increased chaotic deconstruction method. The title of this work "Kaleidoscope" is built on three Greek roots: "kalos" --- beautiful, "eidos" --- form, and "scope" --- observation instrument. Just like the title, this artwork will be in a pursuit of beauty, and an exploration of aesthetics. Plato said: "Beautiful is difficult." This world has never been simple. In countless Lacanian mirroring games, in the intersection of reality and imagination, perhaps we should be an ignorant but stubborn kid again in the face of beauty.

Liu Zhenchen, born in 1976, lives and works in Paris and Shanghai. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Shanghai University and Villa Arson - National Superior school of Arts in Nice, France. From 2005 to 2007, he carried out two-year research in Le Fresnoy - National Contemporary Art Studio in France.

His works centered on themes of globalization and urbanism, had reflected the social changes and environmental problems. His works have been shown in hundreds of international film festivals such as Locarno Film Festival, Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival, São Paulo International Film Festival, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, and in numerous international exhibition venues, including Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Reina Sofía National Art Museum in Madrid, Bonn Museum of Modern Art, Marseille Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Natural History in New York, White Night in Paris, Arles Photography Festival, New Media Art Festival in Berlin, Ars Electronica in Linz, etc.

He received dozens of international awards at both art platforms and film festivals. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou, the European Museum of Photography and other national institutions.

Kaleidoscope video installation exhibition:
"Nuit Blanche" White Nights Art Festival, Paris
"Festival Temps d'Images" 104 Art Centre, Paris
"Ornamental Structures" - Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken Germany Municipal Museum of Art Saarbrücken

Kaleidoscope Public Collection:
La MAP European Centre for Photography
Le Domaine de Chamarande Art Centre, Chamarande, France

Solo Exhibition:
2010, Kaleidoscope, Galerie Briobox, Paris, France
2012, “Liu Zhenchen”, V Art Center, Shanghai, China
2013, Kaleidoscope, K11 Mall, Shanghai, China
2020, Yu Series, Shimao International Plaza, Shanghai, China

Group Exhibition:
2012, “All Tomorrow’s Parties”, V Art Centre, Shanghai, China
2012, “Architekturfotografie / Made in China”, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Köln, Germany
2013, "Festival Temps d'Images", CENTQUATRE, Paris, France
2013, "Imaginaires des villes", Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2015, Ice Monument, La Nuit Blanche, L'Hôtel de Ville, Paris, France
2019, Kaleidoscope, “Silhouette of the Sea”, chi K11 art museum, Shanghai, China
2019, “The Exhibition of Annual Contemporary Art of China”, Shanghai, China
2012, Yu-46, “International Contemporary Flower Art Exhibition, Pearl Art Museum, Shanghai, China