Held every two years, the Biennale of Sydney is a three-month exhibition accompanied by a range of public engagement and education programs.
The 20th edition of the Biennale of Sydney (2016) will be curated by Stephanie Rosenthal. Since its inception in 1973, the Biennale of Sydney has provided an international platform for innovative and challenging contemporary art, showcasing the work of nearly 1700 artists from over 100 countries. Today it ranks as one of the leading international festivals of contemporary art and continues to be recognised for presenting the freshest and most provocative art from Australia and around the world. The Biennale of Sydney engages Australian and international audiences through public programming and the exhibition of bold and innovative contemporary art from Australia and overseas, inspiring audiences to experience art, themselves and their world in new and creative ways.
The 20th Biennale of Sydney, inspired by a quote from leading science fiction author William Gibson, is titled The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed. This edition of the Biennale will be presented at seven main venues conceived as ‘embassies of thought’. It is this metaphor we are looking to develop when thinking about the themes for the Biennale.
- Mella Jaarsma,Until Time is Old, 2014, sea urchins, stainless steel, thread, clips, fabric, 80 x 280 x 150 cm. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Mie Cornoedus
- Courtesy of 20th Biennale of Sydney