With our 40th anniversary fast approaching (23 November 2013 to be exact) we thought we’d celebrate by delving into the archives to reminisce about the past 18 Biennales.
With the 2012 exhibition still fresh in our minds, we pulled out a few interesting numbers to share.
- In a first for the Biennale, two Artistic Directors were appointed to develop the exhibition. Hailing from opposite ends of the globe, Gerald McMaster and Catherine de Zegher conceived ‘all our relations’ – described as a collaborative framework that allowed conversations to extend to both artists and audiences.
- 220 works by 101 artists and collaborators from 44 countries featured in the 18th Biennale of Sydney. From the 101 artists, 49 created new works specifically for the exhibition.
- 10,000 bespoke papers and three tonnes of Lomandra Longfolia (native plant matter) were used in the creation of The River, 2012. Polish-born, Germany-based artist Monika Grzymala worked with Euraba Artists and Papermakers to create the papers, then installed on Cockatoo Island.
- Two tonnes of red desert sand and one shipping container were used to create Cal Lane’s Domesticated Turf, 2012.
- 29 kilograms of coloured wool was woven through Building 19 on Cockatoo Island by Cecilia Vicuna.
- 1500 pairs of thongs were used for Slippers and Wire, 2009 by Hassan Sharif.
- 25 kilograms of baby powder was dusted at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for Nipan Oranniwesna’s aptly titled City of Ghost, 2012.
- 34,740 bits of polystyrene foam were locked up in Peter Robinson’s Gravitas Lite, 2012.
- 9,900 rainbow coloured paper hand guns and 800 paper bullets were presented in the peaceful Ocean of Flowers, 2012 by Li Hongbo.
- 665,488 visits were recorded across all venues making it the most visited Biennale yet.
Image: Hassan Sharif, Slippers & Wire, 2009. Installation view of the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012) at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Courtesy the artist and The Flying House, Dubai. Photograph: Ben Symons
18 Biennale of Sydney highlights gallery