To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Australia’s most famous contemporary art event, the Biennale of Sydney, 80 artists will present their thought-provoking work at seven different venues all across the city. Running over the course of three months, art lovers will be able to experience the contemporary exhibitions between the 16th March until 11 June 2018.
The chosen artists who are participating in the 21st Biennale of Sydney come from all around the world. Twenty of those exhibiting are native to Australia. The contemporary pieces will be showcased at seven of the most respected spaces in the city, including Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Sydney Opera House and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.
The Biennale of Sydney is internationally recognised for commissioning and presenting provoking art from all around the world and is free to visit. As one of the leading art events worldwide, it has previously presented the work of nearly 1,800 artists from more than 100 countries. Since the event began in 1973, it has attracted over 4 million visitors. This year, creators are expecting record numbers of visitors from across the globe.
Much of the artwork presented this year is the result of direct engagement with communities around the globe, and reflects the composers’ own migrations or personal histories.
The 45th Anniversary of the Biennale of Sydney is directed by internationally renowned curator Mami Kataoka, who expects that this year’s Biennale will be a fascinating journey through history.
“The artists in the 21st Biennale of Sydney have been chosen to offer a panoramic view of how opposing interpretations can come together in a state of equilibrium. The history of the people of Sydney collectively reflects the history of the world in the 20th century, in particular, the movements and migration of people and cultures away from conflict. My hope is that the artworks in this Biennale will serve as a catalyst for thought for all of us,” she said.