Always willing to try new things, the 13th Biennale of Sydney (2002) appointed a practising artist as Artistic Director for the first time in its history. Richard Grayson, an accomplished British artist specialising in video, painting, performance and installation, decided the Biennale should explore the unpredictable nature of imagination and creativity with the theme (The World May Be) Fantastic.
The 56 artists and collectives from 22 countries featured in the exhibition all emphasised a sense of wonder and most of all, fun. From the magical machine sculptures of Panamarenko, to Katarzyna Josefowicz’s stacked paper cubes and Kathy Prendergrast’s detailed miniature worlds … and of course the unforgettable rolling of giant dice down the steps of the Sydney Opera House as part of Yutaka Sone’s installation.
Featured in nine venues around the city, the exhibition was well received critically and attracted more than 245,000 visits during its ten-week run.
Images from 13th Biennale of Sydney (2002)