After 40 years, the Biennale of Sydney is stronger than ever

Posted on 24 September 2012 in News

The 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia’s largest visual arts event, closed on Sunday, 16 September, after presenting the work of more than 100 artists from 44 countries.

As one of the longest running exhibitions of its kind and the first biennale to be established in the Asia-Pacific region, the Biennale of Sydney has provided an international platform for innovative and challenging contemporary art for nearly 40 years.

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, Chairman, said: ‘As we look to celebrating our 40th anniversary next year, it’s wonderful to see the Biennale continue to achieve both critical acclaim and popular appeal.

‘Reflecting on the last three exhibitions alone, there are numerous projects and innovations of which we are very proud. Since 2008, the Biennale has pioneered Cockatoo Island as a major venue, which, in addition to our ongoing use of Pier 2/3, continues to introduce new audiences to contemporary artists and their work in unique environments.’

The 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations, curated by Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster, was presented at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and non-museum venues, Pier 2/3, Cockatoo Island and Carriageworks.

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