Friday, May 21, 2010

17th Biennale of Sydney

The 17th Biennale of Sydney (12 May - 1 August 2010) directed by David Elliott and titled 'THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age' will showcase the freshest, most exciting and innovative contemporary art. In a country that has traditionally regarded distance as a disadvantage, this Biennale will celebrate distance by including art from Australia and all around the world. By providing a unique experience of a wide range of good art, the exhibition will express the power of art, as well as its creative richness.

Held every two years, the Biennale of Sydney stages a three-month exhibition, plus a program of special events, public tours, artist talks, film screenings and international guest lectures across Sydney - and admission to the exhibition and these events is FREE. The fourth oldest biennale in the world, the Biennale of Sydney continues to be recognised for showcasing the freshest and most provocative contemporary art from Australia and around the world.

The 17th Biennale of Sydney will take place in venues and sites around Sydney Harbour, including: Cockatoo Island, Pier 2/3, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Artspace and the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Grand Court).

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 Top: Cai Guo-Qiang, Inopportune: Stage One, 2004 (detail), nine cars and sequenced multichannel light tubes, dimensions variable. Collection of Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Robert M. Arnold, in honour of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2006, installation view at MASS MoCA, North Adams, 2004. Courtesy Cai Studio. Photograph: Hiro Ihara

Middle: Kutlug Ataman, Mesopotamian Dramaturgies / Journey to the Moon, 2009 (detail), still photography, 31 x 41 cm. Courtesy of Francesca Minini, Milan and the artist

Bottom: Daniel Crooks, Static No.12 (seek stillness in movement), 2009–10 Detail of HD video (RED transferred to Blu-ray), dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery. Copyright © Daniel Crooks 2009

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