Biennale of Sydney
As the first biennale to be established in the Asia-Pacific region and one of the longest running exhibitions of its kind, the Biennale of Sydney returns in 2018 for its 21st edition.
Unfolding over 12 weeks, this year’s event brings together around 70 artists, including Ai Weiwei, Haegue Yang, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Anya Gallaccio and Oliver Beer. There won’t be a specific theme or concept, but the event will rather focus on an exploration of various perspectives of the world and its histories.
This will be a fruitful affair that awaits to be peeled off and explored layer by layer.
The Biennale of Sydney is a non-profit organisation that engages Australian and international audiences with challenging and innovative contemporary art from around the world, promotes cultural exchange and inspires audiences to experience art, themselves and their world in new and creative ways. Held every two years, the Biennale exhibition runs for three months, with an accompanying program of artist talks, performances, forums, guided tours, family days and other special events.
Initiated by Founding Governor Franco Belgiorno-Nettis AC CBE and supported by Founding Patron Transfield Holdings, the inaugural Biennale of Sydney was held in 1973 as part of the program of events celebrating the opening of the Sydney Opera House. The Biennale of Sydney was the first biennale to be established in the Asia-Pacific region and, alongside the Venice and São Paulo biennales and documenta, is one of the longest running exhibitions of its kind. Since its inception in 1973, the Biennale of Sydney has provided an international platform for innovative contemporary art, showcasing the work of nearly 1800 artists from more than 100 countries.
Today it ranks as one of the leading international festivals of contemporary art and continues to be recognised for showcasing inspirational and challenging art from Australia and around the world.
THE BIENNALE ARCHIVE
The Biennale Archive includes physical records from the first nineteen editions of the Biennale of Sydney, forming the most comprehensive archive of national and international contemporary art activity in Australia. The Biennale Archive comprises rich artists’ files, images, correspondence, media clippings and photographic and video documentation that stretch back to the organisation’s inception in 1973.
In 2015 Transfield Holdings supported the Biennale of Sydney to specifically enable the documentation of the Biennale Archive and its gifting to the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of the Gallery’s new National Art Archive initiative.
The Biennale of Sydney Archive project will be undertaken over the coming years with materials being digitised and key moments and narratives being explored. Significant materials in the Archive will be made available to the public through the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Biennale of Sydney websites. The addition of the Biennale of Sydney Archive to the National Art Archive provides tremendous opportunities for artists, students and academics for research purposes.