19th Biennale of Sydney

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19th Biennale of Sydney

Sydney Biennale  Douglas Gordon

Douglas Gordon, Phantom, 2011 (video still), stage, screen, a black Steinway piano, a burned Steinway piano and monitor, dimensions variable. Courtesy lost but found; Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris; and Rufus Wainwright, ‘All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu’ used courtesy Decca Label Group. Copyright © lost but found; Rufus Wainwright; and VG Bild-Kunst, Germany (2013)

19th Biennale of Sydney 21 March - 9 June 2014.

Held every two years, this three-month festival has grown into the Asia Pacific’s largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts extravaganza. 

Imaginative, surreal, emotional, and sublime artworks from more than 90 artists across the globe, many created specifically for the event, will be on display at venues and sites around Sydney including the Art Gallery of NSW and Museum of Contemporary Art. Impromptu performances will infiltrate the city streets, while innovative and interactive works will also be on display at the old Carriageworks rail yard, and heritage-listed Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. 

Just a few artworks and interactive exhibits in 2014 include: 

  • Danish artist Eva Koch’s towering life-size projection of Icelandic waterfall Gljufrabui, complete with accompanying soundtrack, will take over the cavernous Turbine Hall on Cockatoo Island 
  • The first video artist to win the Turner Prize, Scottish artist Douglas Gordon opens the festival with his dramatic work Phantom, featuring the haunting vocals of singer Rufus Wainright
  • influential American Roni Horn’s Ten Liquid Incidents, an installation of ten solid-cast glass sculptures 
  • Pipilotti Rist’s vivid colour and light world for the senses, Mercy Garden Retour Skin
  • World premiere of celebrated artists Tacita Dean’s Event for a Stage
  • A forest built inside the Art Gallery of NSW where visitors can interact with performance artist Yingmei Duan
  • the Artist One-on-One program allowing you to meet the artists themselves

Take the Biennale Art Walk starting at the Art Gallery of NSW, on to the Museum of Contemporary Art, then via scenic ferry to Cockatoo Island. 

More info: free admission. Visit biennaleofsydney.com.au for more. A special Biennale Ferry will operate daily from Wharf 6, Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island. Online bookings essential. Return fare $7.  Regular Sydney Ferry services depart Wharf 5, Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island.  MyFerry1 adult return ticket $12, concession return $6.

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