18th Biennale of Sydney

26 June 2012 Artery

The 18th Biennale of Sydney opens tomorrow 27 June – running until 16 September 2012.

Every two years, the Biennale of Sydney is presented free to the public over a twelve-week period. Alongside the Venice and São Paolo biennales and dOCUMNETA, it is one of the longest running exhibitions of its kind and was the first biennale to be established in the Asia-Pacific region. Since its inception in 1973, the Biennale of Sydney has provided an international platform for innovative and challenging contemporary art, showcasing the work of more than 1500 artists from over 83 countries.

This year’s exhibition titled all our relations, the 18th Biennale of Sydney will present works by more than 100 artists hailing from Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. Nearly half the artists in the 18th Biennale of Sydney will present works created specifically for this exhibition, including many substantial collaborative installations.

Four of Sydney’s leading cultural institutions and heritage sites are major venues for the exhibition: the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the newly redeveloped Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Pier 2/3 and Cockatoo Island. For the first time, Carriageworks will also be a presenting partner.

The Biennale also features additional public programs including:

Opening Week Symposium: all our relations
Speakers include the artists and Artistic Directors of the 18th Biennale of Sydney, Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster, Belgian academic and curator Pascal Gielen, Tan Boonhui from the Singapore Art Museum, Yusaku Imamura of Tokyo Wonder Site and leading artists, academics, arts writers and theorists who will investigate the main themes of the exhibition and artworks, and discuss current trends in contemporary art across the globe. Thursday 28 June and Friday29 June from 9.30 am–5.00 pm at Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Biennale Bar @ Pier 2/3
Opening up Pier 2/3 for an unexpected evening of art. These special pop-up events invite audiences to experience the exhibition after dark with program support from FBi Radio, The Thousands and the Sydney Symphony Vanguard program. These free social events run from 6.30–9.30 pm every Friday throughout August (3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 August) at Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay.

Closing Week Symposium
Where academics, writers, performers and Biennale artists will reflect further on the thematic ideas of the exhibition and future directions for contemporary art and culture.
Also during closing week, Carriageworks presents two Australian premieres by Belgian dance ensemble Rosas, titled En Atendant and Cesena, under the direction of renowned choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens will also collaborate on Cesena, in addition to presenting a site-specific work at Carriageworks for the duration of the exhibition. 14–15 September at Carriageworks.

Image Credit: Jin Shi
Small Business: Karaoke, 2009
Mixed media, sound, 220 x 70 x 165 cm
Courtesy White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney