Today we announced that overall visitation to the 20th Biennale of Sydney: The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed, was almost unprecedented, the second highest on record. Attendances were buoyed by interstate, international and local visitors flocking to explore seven ‘embassies of thought’ and 13 ‘in-between’ spaces, including popular new venues such as Mortuary Station (Embassy of Transition) and spaces around Sydney’s inner west and CBD.
Curated by Artistic Director Dr. Stephanie Rosenthal, the 20th Biennale featured more than 200 works by 83 artists hailing from 35 countries, including 70% new commissions, from 18 March until 5 June 2016.
Artistic Director Stephanie Rosenthal said: “I conceived of the ‘embassies of thought’ for the 20th Biennale as temporary settings without borders, representing transient homes for constellations of thought. The themes allocated to each of these ‘embassies’ were inspired by the individual histories of each venue, while the ‘in between’ spaces speak to one of the key ideas in this Biennale; exploring the distinction between virtual and physical worlds. I’m very pleased audiences embraced the idea of the embassies and explored the ‘in-between spaces’. It was a tremendous pleasure to work with so many outstanding artists and to show so many new and specially realised works”.
Biennale of Sydney CEO Ben Strout added: “We are proud to have attracted so many visitors to experience and engage with the 20th Biennale of Sydney and we’re thankful for the support of our Exhibition Partners in helping us achieve this. I am particularly proud that we could realise Stephanie Rosenthal’s vision for the ‘in-between’ sites: for the past three months, for instance Archie Moore’s brick reconstruction of Bennelong’s hut A Home Away From Home: Bennelong/Vera’s Hut (2016) stood on the grassy headland overlooking the Sydney Opera House like a beacon for the whole Biennale”.