News

Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017 announces the list of participating artists
Curatorial concept for the 14th Biennale de Lyon: “Floating Worlds”
Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art: artist list announced
Liverpool Biennial is recruiting for a number of positions
VIDEONALE.16 – Festival for Video and Time-Based Arts opens today
8th Turku Biennial announces the selection of participating artists
Glasgow International is looking for a Director
Whitney Announces 2017 Biennial Film Program
Full list of participating artists for 57th Venice Biennale main exhibition announced
Momentum 9 – Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art: Alienation
Birth as Criterion – the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana
Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro to curate the next São Paulo Bienal
The Antarctic Biennale has been granted UNESCO’s patronage
Yuko Hasegawa named curator of the 7th Moscow Biennale
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara appointed curators of Venice Architecture Biennale
Neilson Foundation to support Biennale of Sydney through its 21st and 22nd editions
Five Artists Announced for ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play’ at the 2017 Venice Biennale
Cyprus Pavilion in Venice: works of Polys Peslikas curated by Jan Verwoert
First edition of the Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality
13th Baltic Triennial Curator Announced: Vincent Honoré
The 1st Antarctic Biennale ship is setting sail on March 17
ARS17 takes over Kiasma Art Museum in 2017
Biennale of Sydney is looking for a new CEO
Curator and concept announced for the 11th Kaunas Biennial
The 8th edition of Manif d’art will open on 17 February with the theme “The Art of Joy”
Keimena: a documenta 14 film program on ERT2
Ural Industrial Biennial Announces New Structure and Curator of the 4th Edition
Competition for the Swiss Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale
The inaugural edition of the Kathmandu Triennale (KT 2017) to open in March 2017
EVA International is Seeking a New Director
Winners of the Antarctic Biennale Open Call during Art Basel Miami Beach
Liverpool Biennial Job opportunity: Curator
Call for Chief Curator for 2019 edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale
Kulturstiftung des Bundes increases funding of the Berlin Biennale to 3 Million Euro per edition
6th Thessaloniki Biennale Open Call for artists
Kochi-Muziris Biennale announces Opening Week events
Gabi Ngcobo appointed as curator of the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
The OFF-Biennale named as one of the grant recipients of the Igor Zabel Award
The Nordic Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale: Mirrored
The Whitney Biennial has announced the 63 artists participating in the 2017 edition

Highlights

Timely Provocations: The 3rd Kochi-Muziris Biennale

by Robert E. D’Souza and Sunil Manghani

Far from the recognised centres of contemporary art of Mumbai and Delhi, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale has generated a great deal of interest among the art fraternity. Now into its third edition, the Biennale’s ‘creation myth’ still pervades with nostalgia for how – ‘against all odds’ – it came to fruition.
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Contemporary Art Biennial as a Site Specific Event: Local versus Global

Edited by Daiva Citvarienė

The tension between the locality of the region and the globality of the art world remains a key aspect of contemporary art biennials. In order to once again reflect on the phenomenon of global culture, this publication dedicated to the 10th Kaunas Biennial presents articles and interviews from Lithuanian and international art historians, curators and culture managers analysing the paradox of locality vs. globality in the history of the phenomenon of biennials.
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Biennialgram from Suzhou Documents

by Shwetal A. Patel

The co-curators of the inaugural exhibition ‘Histories of a Global Hub,’ Zhang Qing (Founding Director of the Shanghai Biennial and Curatorial Head of the National Palace Museum in Beijing) and Roger M. Buergel (Artistic Director of documenta 12 (2007) and Director of the Johann Jacobs Museum in Zurich), set out to eschew what they saw as the ‘largely exhausted’ biennale format. Describing the latter as a ‘bouquet of arbitrary themes’ with an emphasis on spectacle, they argue for the value of depth and sensitivity in bringing together the ancient and modern in a sustainable, yet rigorous manner.
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Biennials: Four Fundamentals, Many Variations

by Terry Smith

When we look back at the century plus history of recurrent survey exhibitions of contemporary art––those we call biennials, triennials, and (at Kassel, itself expanding) documentas––we can see that they slowly established a set of distinctive protocols, that were formalized during the 1980s, then rapidly replicated throughout the world, while at the same time steadily increasing in size and scope.
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Biennialgram from the 11th Shanghai Biennale

by Rose Lejeune

Curated by artist’s collective Raqs Media Collective, the 11th Shanghai Biennale takes its starting point as the question “Why Not Ask Again? Arguments, Counter-arguments, and Stories”. A multifarious and speculative question that seeks to utilise the Biennale as a site that can offer the ‘arguments and counter arguments of our time.’ Offering an often pessimistic view of the present spliced with glimmers of hope for the future, especially through technology, the Biennale explores how questions ‘happen’ in our world and posits that art-works carry within them possible futures in as much as they are always drafts for the, as yet, untold future in the present.
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Events

LIVERPOOL: 22 Feb 2017

Join Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial, and Kitty Scott, Co-curator of Liverpool Biennial 2018, in conversation about the starting points for the Biennial’s 10th edition. Kitty Scott is the …
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MECHELEN: 9-12 March 2017

Press Preview: 9.3.2017 Professional Preview: 10.3.2017 Public Programme: 11.3 – 12.3.2017 On the occasion of the preview and opening weekend of Contour Biennale 8 Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium, Steven Op …
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SHARJAH: 10-14 March 2017

Sharjah Biennial 13 Tamawuj March Meeting
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MILAN: 31 Mar 2017

Biennial Foundation Debate – save the date
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VENICE: 10 May 2017

Biennial Foundation Reception – save the date
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DAKAR: 8-9 Jan 2017

Vive l’Indépendance de l’Eau Sharjah Biennial 13 off-site project 8-9 January 2017 Université Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar, Senegal Taking place at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, Vive …
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