Biennials & festivals

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Biennials & festivals

Pittsburgh’s Carnegie International is a DIY (Do Interpret Yourself) exhibition

The show’s curator Ingrid Schaffner has avoided an ill-fitting theme and allowed the art to speak for itself—sometimes this works and sometimes it does not

Review
Gwangju Biennale

Gwangju Biennale's 11 curators delve into South Korea's hidden traumas

The theme of Imagined Borders addresses the fraught relationship with the North as well as global tensions surrounding migration and identity

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in São Paulo this weekend

From the artist-curated Bienal de São Paulo to a sweeping survey of Latin American art by “radical women”

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Bienal de Sao Paolo 2018

Little known Modern artists struggling with mental health find a place in the Sao Paulo biennial

Swedish artist Mamma Andersson brings marginalised practitioners, including Chicago recluse Henry Darger, to the fore

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Germany

Police remove giant Erdogan statue from German city square after aggressive exchanges

City authorities in Wiesbaden say it posed a threat to security

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Biennials & festivals

Ecuador's Cuenca Biennial organisers fret over budget shortfall

A federal allotment of $100,000, far less than in past years, has yet to be disbursed

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Performance art

Berlin Wall may be resurrected—and then demolished—as part of anniversary of reunification

Organisers of the culture festival Berliner Festspiele are in talks with city authorities and are yet to confirm the event

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Public art

How a chain-link mosque at the Vancouver Biennale became a community hub

Saudi artist Ajlan Gharem's installation stands as an example of cultural exchange as diplomatic tensions break out between Canada and Saudi Arabia

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Vandalism

List of 34,361 dead refugees and migrants goes back on show in Liverpool after being destroyed

Reasons and perpetrators behind the removal of the key biennial work remain unclear

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Biennials & festivals

The Carnegie Museum announces first round of commissions in the 57th Carnegie International

The artists El Anatsui, Tavares Strachan, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Park MacArthur and many others will participate in the longstanding contemporary art show

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Technology

After a year-long journey in the California desert, Desert X's art rover Shybot is found

The missing and crowd averse work has been recovered in Palm Springs, a bit banged up but otherwise intact

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Venice Biennale 2019

‘Pleasure and critical thinking’: Ralph Rugoff unveils curatorial direction of 2019 Venice Biennale

Exhibition is titled May You Live in Interesting Times, after counterfeit Chinese curse

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Documenta

Documenta to name new artistic director by early 2019

Quinquennial appoints eight-member search committee for curator of 2022 edition

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Biennials & festivals

Can two festivals bring hope to Trump country?

Front International in Cleveland and Opens Spaces in Kansas City aim to encourage unity in the US’s divided heartland

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Biennials & festivals

Liverpool Biennial: city that prospered in age of empire aims to show different world perspectives

Tenth edition named after poem written “at a time when Europe was in disarray”

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The Buck stopped here

Football fans and Pride paraders mingle with art crowds for South London's Art Night

Podcast

Podcast episode 39: All about the biennials

We talk to Sally Tallant, the artistic director of the Liverpool Biennial, about the 10th edition opening next week. And Jane Morris, an editor-at-large of The Art Newspaper, joins Ben Luke to discuss “peak biennial”

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In the frame

Groundwork Festival celebrates the summer solstice with a dance on a Cornish beach

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Biennials & festivals

Sydney biennial appoints its first indigenous Australian artistic director

Artist Brook Andrew’s work deals with notions of history, identity and race

Review
Manifesta 12

Manifesta 12 makes the most of Palermo's botanical backdrop

Explorations of migration, slavery, memory and decay flourish in nomadic biennial’s botanic garden setting

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United States

Shooting at New Jersey arts festival injures 22 people

The incident has been attributed to gang violence and one suspect was believed to have been killed by police

Performance art

Down under: Australian artist Mike Parr buries himself under a road for 72 hours

Veteran performer's tribute to victims of totalitarian violence is part of Dark Mofo festival in Hobart

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Biennials & festivals

Riga's first biennial launched by all-female team

Inaugural Riboca exhibition is financed by a Russian entrepreneur—to some Latvian reservations

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Art Basel 2018

Is the biennial model busted?

Riga, Bangkok, São Paulo—every modern city wants a biennial. But is this good for contemporary art? Leading curators join the hot debate

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Controversies

Once bitten, twice shy: Canadian artist caught using comedians' photos without permission promises no more funny business

Despite controversy over public art project in Calgary, Derek Michael Besant has been commissioned to create a similar work in Ottawa

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Exhibitions

From Riga to Los Angeles, biennials are searching for answers in troubled times

Manifesta 12, Made in LA, Riboca and the tenth Berlin Biennale explore whether art can make a difference in a rapidly changing world

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Biennials & festivals

‘Global’ contemporary African art comes to rural Portugal—despite growing visa issues for artists travelling to Europe

New festival Evora Africa includes key works by Malick Sidibé, Romuald Hazoumé and Cheri Samba

Comment
Leaders

Displaying the ruins of demolished social housing at the Venice Architecture Biennale is not ‘art-washing’

The V&A acquired a fragment of London's Robin Hood Gardens before it was demolished

Analysis
Venice

Venice: a city at a cultural crossroads

As the Venice Architecture Biennale opens, the Venetian journalist Enrico Tantucci analyses culture in the city through the Biennale, historic buildings, the Accademia and the Arsenale

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Biennials & festivals

Havana’s alternative #00Bienal ends on a defiantly optimistic note

The event’s organisers see success in the participants’ resistance to threats and intimidation from Cuba’s government

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Biennials & festivals

Contemporary art biennial returns to Mardin in Turkey after three-year hiatus

Event resumes in the ancient city in the country’s south-east corner after years of tumult

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In the frame

Couples lock lips and make sweet music in Sydney

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Prizes

Wanted: nominations for World Monuments Fund’s Modernism prize

The biennial award was established to help preserve Modern architecture

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Bruges Triennial

In Bruges: sea plastic, Chinese crabs and a Spanish pool take centre stage at triennial

Commissions for the second edition of the Bruges Triennial are closely linked with the city’s famous canals

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Biennials & festivals

Biennale bonanza: artist line-ups revealed for Riga, Berlin and São Paulo shows

Curtain also lifts on Manifesta 12 and the 2019 Sharjah Biennial

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Documenta

Documenta appoints Sabine Schormann as third director in less than a year

She will take over following last edition's €5.4m budget fiasco

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The Buck stopped here

Review: Glasgow International permeates city with its distinctively dystopian tentacles

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In the frame

Brand Beckham gives Mayfair Art Weekend a boost

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Biennials & festivals

Artists take to the streets of Limerick in emotive abortion rights protest

Procession organised by Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment marks launch of Eva International biennial

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Biennials & festivals

Sharjah builds profile as destination emirate with launch of 2019 architecture triennial

Region urgently needs a platform for architecture and urbanism, organisers say

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Biennials & festivals

Ai Weiwei makes triumphant return to Sydney to open biennial

Giant refugee lifeboat one of two works by Chinese dissident artist in the Biennale of Sydney

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Biennials & festivals

Venues announced for tenth Berlin Biennale

The four permanent locations have been chosen for their historical and contemporary relevance, curator says

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Exhibitions

New Museum Triennial aims to deliver a message for our times

Every selected artist has a "degree of political and social engagement", curator says

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Biennials & festivals

What to see at 21,39—Saudi Arabia’s contemporary art festival

Critics choose highlights from fifth edition of the Jeddah show, organised by Tate curator Vassilis Oikonomopoulos

Interview
Biennials & festivals

Diana Campbell Betancourt: 'How I put together the Dhaka Art Summit'

Chief curator of biennial south Asian art platform discusses her gruelling schedule, rediscovered art work stores, and how art world friends can help with insurance

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Biennials & festivals

Prelude to a launch: New York’s new arts centre The Shed to host 12-day festival this May

Multi-disciplinary cultural centre is due to open in 2019

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Biennials & festivals

Shanghai Biennale 2018 to focus on the 'ambivalence of the present age'

Head curator Cuauhtémoc Medina draws on ee cumming's concept of proregression

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Biennials & festivals

Cleveland’s Front International triennial teams up with local museums for new commissions

Existing works by artists like Kerry James Marshall and Martine Syms will also be included in the show

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Biennials & festivals

Oslo joins the biennial crowd: inaugural citywide exhibition to open in 2019

Event in Norwegian capital—launching the same month as the next Venice Biennale—will unfold in public spaces

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Media & broadcast

From Koons to Kusama, five art films to catch from the Sundance Film Festival

Documentaries that examine the contemporary art market boom and the life of the world’s most popular artist had their world premieres in Park City, Utah

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Biennials & festivals

Mali Wu and Francesco Manacorda named co-curators of next Taipei Biennale

Exhibition opening in November will explore grassroots communities

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The Year Ahead 2018

The top biennials and events coming up this year

Manifesta travels to Sicily and a new triennial is due to open in the US, while Glasgow and Liverpool welcome back their big exhibitions in 2018

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Biennials & festivals

Rapid response and mind-boosting robots: London Design Biennale participants reveal exhibition ideas

Israel’s entry will tap into turbulent times while Lebanon presentation reflects fantasy and reality of Beirut

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Biennials & festivals

Lahore Biennale back on track after a management overhaul

Artist and academic Iftikhar Dadi has joined the advisory committee of the biennale, which is due to launch next March

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Biennials & festivals

High-tech art in Houston: data-driven installations look at issues like Hurricane Harvey and mass incarceration

The works were commissioned and presented as part of the art and music festival Day for Night

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Biennials & festivals

Elmgreen & Dragset bring a bit of Istanbul Biennial to Germany

Curators of this year’s show, with the theme of home and neighbourhoods, show key works at Munich museum

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Cuban artists crowdfund to create a ‘Havana Biennial for everyone’

Organisers vow to run their own exhibition after government postpones official event

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Manifesta 12

Plans for Manifesta 12—The Planetary Garden—take root in Palermo

Italian city's botanical garden inspired the concept behind the roving biennial

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Biennials & festivals

Top Australian donors pull funding from Venice Biennale

Funders are furious about plans to exclude them from selecting the artist to represent the country

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Performance art

Pacific Standard Time announces performance art festival to extend second edition

Latin American and Latinx artists will create 75 projects across the Los Angeles area

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Biennials & festivals

New Orleans triennial Prospect.4 looks to Louisiana history, warts and all

Event coincides with the city's tricentennial next year

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Biennials & festivals

Trio of curators to organise 2019 Sharjah Biennial that will look at rise of ‘echo chambers’ in high-tech society

Three separate shows will be curated by Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tancons

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Photography

Dawoud Bey embraces the darkness in new Underground Railroad Project

The Chicago-based photographer, and MacArthur genius award winner, has given The Art Newspaper an exclusive glimpse at the series

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Performance art

Barbara Kruger to stage first live performance for New York’s Performa festival

The work Untitled (The Drop) will take place on three consecutive Thursdays in November

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Biennials & festivals

The Russian Revolution and village life

International artists consider the impact of the Revolution on rural communities in country’s longest-running biennial

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Biennials & festivals

Big names bring Moscow biennial back from the brink

Björk and Olafur Eliasson headline event that nearly didn’t happen

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Frieze 2017

Marrakech Biennale cancelled due to lack of funds

Seventh edition had been scheduled for February 2018

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Architecture

Four things to see during the Chicago Architecture Biennial

From imaginative scale models to a pop-up ‘freak’ show, we pick the must see projects around the city

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Biennials & festivals

What to see (and hear) at the 14th Biennale de Lyon

From a live band that are ‘The Art’ to dripping taps and nuclear explosions, this edition of the biennial is making a racket

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Artists

Rashaad Newsome leads the parade at Detroit light art festival

And the artist gives a hint of his upcoming performance at the Park Avenue Armory