See the Highlights of the 2017 Lyon Biennale, From a Futuristic Rainforest to a Giant Hole in the Ground
This year's biennial also features masterpieces from the collection of the Centre Pompidou to mark the institution's 40th anniversary.
The 14th edition of the Lyon Biennale is here! Between September 20, 2017 and January 7, 2018, the French city opens up the famous Sucrière building in the old docks and its contemporary art museum macLYON for the sprawling exhibition.
Since its inception in 1991, Lyon’s artistic director Thierry Raspail has asked guest curators to come up with a key word that will anchor three future editions of the show. This year, Emma Lavigne, who has been director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz since 2008, is the curator of the second consecutive iteration of the Biennale to center around the keyword “moderne.”
After heavy cycles devoted to the terms History (1991-1995), Global (1997-2001) and Transmission (2009-2013), the 2015-19 cycle theme was determined by Hayward Gallery director Ralph Rugoff two years ago, who titled his biennial “La vie moderne.” Lavigne, who has previously curated the French pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale, titled the second volume “Floating worlds.”
The exhibition showcases the work of over 80 artists, including Doug Aitken, Bruce Conner, Laurie Anderson, and Jill Magid, alongside masterpieces by the likes of Alexander Calder and Lucio Fontana borrowed from the Centre Pompidou to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Divided into six “trails” with titles relating to water—like Ebb and Flow, Ocean of Sound, and an Archipelago of Sensation—the biennial interprets the theme of modernity through the notion of accelerated mobility and fluidity.
“The works featured in these Floating worlds are underpinned by the awareness that imagination, poetry and art are all instruments that reveal, as well as being antidotes to, the instability of the present time,” the curator said in a statement. “I would like people who visit the Biennale to do so as if they were going through an experimental, sensory landscape,” she added.
See Some of the photo highlights of the 2017 Lyon Biennale below:
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