Biennials & festivals

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Performa

Performa 19 to explore the influence of the Bauhaus School on live performance

The biennial includes around 20 new commissions by artists such as Kia LaBeija and Ed Atkins

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In the frame

Ryan McNamara to stage immersive work at a Fire Island festival

Theme of free public event will be "Dancing With Adversity"

Review
Three to see

Three to see: Edinburgh Art Festival

Trisha Brown, Samson Young and James Richards are among the highlights of this year's cultural offering in the Scottish capital

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Whitney Biennial

Four artists withdraw their work from the Whitney Biennial

The move follows on-going calls for the resignation of the museum board's vice chairman

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Exhibitions

St Louis’s Counterpublic triennial tests the limits of local engagement

In its first iteration, the exhibition paired artists with local storefronts far from the city’s major cultural districts

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Biennials & festivals

From plastic waste to indigenous heritage, old and new biennials tap into contemporary concerns and issues

Toronto gets a new waterfront biennial while Istanbul stays fresh by shifting to dramatic new locations

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Biennials & festivals

Actor Russell Tovey to curate new arts festival in the UK seaside town of Margate

Exhibitions and performances will coincide with this year’s Turner Prize exhibition at Turner Contemporary

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In the frame

How to spend the longest day of the year with art and nature

Storm King Art Center is hosting a Summer Solstice celebration alongside its shows by artists Mark Dion and Jean Shin

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Biennials & festivals

São Paulo biennial ups its budget for a huge 2020 edition

The 34th exhibition will involve collaborations with more than 20 cultural institutions in the city and multiple openings throughout the year

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Biennials & festivals

No theme, no private funding and it lasts five years: inaugural Oslo Biennial opens in Norway

The event aims to boost the Nordic city's public arts programme

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Biennials & festivals

Everything is good at the Whitney Biennial but nothing makes a difference

Despite a history of protest and a very present controversy at the museum, this year’s survey of American contemporary art is missing a radical spirit

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Venice Biennale 2019

Fierce debate over Christoph Büchel's Venice Biennale display of boat that sank with hundreds locked in hull

Up to 1,100 may have died on board the fishing vessel; critics say its display is grossly insensitive at best while others describe it as a powerful reminder of exploitation

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Biennials & festivals

Whitney Biennial aims to focus on artists but—as protests mount—it cannot escape politics

The Whitney Museum has turned to two in-house curators to put together a show that celebrates diversity in American art—but as in 2017, the biennial is already mired in controversy

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Venice Biennale 2019

Venice Biennale 2019: the must-see pavilions around the city

An indoor beach, Mongolian throat singing and ceramic vaginas—where to go beyond the Arsenale and Giardini

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Venice Biennale 2019

We've chosen the best of the art in Venice, now here's the worst

We’ve seen a lot of exhibitions in the city so you don’t have to

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Chicago

Veterans and artists draw creative profit out of war

A project at the inaugural National Veterans Art Museum Triennial in Chicago aims to create artistic equity out of conflict

Comment
Venice Biennale 2019

Why is the Venice Biennale still so important?

Historical importance, glamour, big spenders—it continues to be an art festival like no other

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Exhibitions

Honey I shrunk the art: the ultimate alternative biennial opens in Los Angeles

Dollhouse-sized paintings and installations replace big artistic statements and egos

Comment
Havana Biennial

The 2019 Havana Biennial is a smokescreen for government censorship

Art fares poorly when parroting official narratives, especially when that messaging is opposed to the values of free speech and an open society

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Exhibitions

Havana Biennial opens amid controversy

Works on view draw on themes of collaboration and agency, at the same time the government seeks to control what art can be shown on the island

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Okwui Enwezor

Okwui Enwezor was one of the most influential curators in history

The Art Newspaper's features editor Ben Luke pays tribute

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Cuba

Activists to stage alternative biennial in Havana

Independent artists groups plan to put Cuba's controversial Decree 349 to the test

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Biennials & festivals

Why we need an independent biennial in Havana

The San Isidro Group of Cuban artists explain their plans for the Bienal Sin 349

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In the frame

Brexit and big fish at the Bombay Beach Biennale

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Biennials & festivals

Authorities cancel activist youth festival in Russia's Far East

Officials raise concerns that the festival was promoting an LGBT agenda

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Triennale di Milano

Why Milan’s triennial is a matter of life and death

Human extinction and planetary devastation are tackled in the XXII Triennale di Milano—but the message is one of hope through innovation

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Whitney Biennial

'I stand in solidarity with the staff and say no': Michael Rakowitz on why he turned down the Whitney Biennial

Recent controversies over the museum's board prompt artist to question participation in this year's event

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Biennials & festivals

Block Universe performance festival expands to Berlin power station

New 350 sq. m contemporary art space E-Werk Luckenwalde has joined the programme for the event's fifth anniversary

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Biennials & festivals

Honolulu Biennial focuses on indigenous artists and local issues

The second edition of the biennial takes a proudly Pacific-centred view

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Biennials & festivals

Hits and misses at Palm Springs's second Desert X biennial

Some half-baked works mean this year’s event fails to live up to the promise of the first edition

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Biennials & festivals

Singapore Biennale to look on the bright side of life

Exhibition in November "puts its faith squarely in the potential of art to rework the world”

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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe biennial postponed amid political turmoil

As civil unrest and internet shutdowns continue, organisers say they now hope to hold event in 2020

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Biennials & festivals

Environmental issues grow on the Taipei Biennale

Co-curators Mali Wu and Francesco Manacorda have invited Taiwanese indigenous land right protesters to occupy parts of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Podcast

2019: art market predictions and the best events

From Brexit worries to emerging trends, we look ahead at what to expect from the art market this year. Plus, our correspondents pick the must-see exhibitions, fairs and festivals. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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The Year Ahead 2019

Must-see biennials, triennials and festivals in 2019

From "interesting times" at Ralph Rugoff's Venice Biennale to an Anthropocene-inspired Istanbul Biennial, plus Sharjah and the best of the rest

In association withQatar Museums

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

We are all America: first Faena Festival aims to unify, not divide

There is continuity across the two continents, says curator of Miami Beach event

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Documenta 14

Documenta deficit caused by Athens overspending widens to €7.6m in final audit

Shareholders agree to increase funding for the 2022 edition

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Biennials & festivals

Queensland museum will receive major boost from ninth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

Acquisitions include woven clothing mats from the Marshall Islands and reflections on the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror

Review
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

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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