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17th Biennale of Sydney
Yayoi Kusama
Film Images with Kusama Singing 2004 (video still)
video installation, 3 mins
Courtesy Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo
© the artist, Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.

17th Biennale of Sydney

THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age

Adel Abidin » AES+F » Makoto Aida » Brook Andrew » Miguel Angel Rios » Kutluğ Ataman » Kader Attia » Lara Baladi » Roger Ballen » John Bock » Jota Castro » Dana Claxton » Marcus Coates » Danica Dakić » Gardar Eide Einarsson » CAO Fei » Fiona Foley » YANG Fudong » Regina José Galindo » Rodney Glick » Rodney Graham » Amy Granat » Richard Grayson » Joy Gregory » Cai Guo-Qiang » Gonkar Gyatso » Fiona Hall » Susan Hiller » Tiina Itkonen » Christian Jankowski » Liu Jianhua » Kim Jones » Isaac Julien » Amal El Kenawy » Tsang Kin-Wah  » Ola Kolehmainen » Katarzyna Kozyra » Yayoi Kusama » Owen Land » Paul McCarthy » Steve McQueen » Nandipha Mntambo » Djon Mundine » Ciprian Muresan » David Noonan » Fiona Pardington » Wang Qingsong » Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook » SHEN Shaomin » Kamen Stoyanov » Hiroshi Sugimoto » Althea Thauberger » Christian Thompson » Yvonne Todd » Barthélémy Toguo » Fred Tomaselli » Mette Tronvoll » Salla Tykkä » Mariana Vassileva » Bill Viola » Mark Wallinger » Ming Wong » Jemina Wyman » PENG Yu » SUN Yuan »

Exhibition: 12 May – 1 Aug 2010

Biennale of Sydney

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17th Biennale of Sydney
Katarzyna Kozyra
Summertale 2008 (production still), DVD, 20 mins
Produced by Zacheta National Gallery of Art
Courtesy ZAK | BRANICKA Gallery, Berlin
© the artist, Photograph: M. Olivia Soto

Based on the curatorial theme THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, recent and new works by Australian artists will be showcased alongside international artists at Sydney's leading cultural institutions, contemporary art spaces and heritage sites. Marah Braye, Chief Executive Officer, Biennale of Sydney, remarks: 'In 2010, the Biennale celebrates its 37th anniversary, making it the third longest running biennale in the world. We anticipate building on our record attendance from 2008 and expect to welcome more visitors than ever before to this spectacular free event.' Audiences of all ages will be delighted, challenged and inspired by the artists and works in this Biennale. Visitors can walk from venue to venue along Sydney Harbour's edge and then take the free ferry to Cockatoo Island. Artist talks, performances, forums, film screenings, family events, guided tours and other special events will be featured throughout the 17th Biennale exhibition period. David Elliott, international curator, writer, broadcaster and museum director, explores connections between the visual arts and other art forms in 'THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE'. Artists' works will be presented alongside the work of contemporary writers, filmmakers, commentators and musicians. Some projects will be displayed at venues for the duration of the exhibition; others will be one-off events and performances. Elliott says: 'I'm very excited to be presenting the 17th Biennale of Sydney. The aim of this Biennale is to bring together work from diverse cultures, at the same time, on the equal playing field of contemporary art, where no culture can assume superiority over any other.' Elliott has constructed 'THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE' with Sydney's position as an iconic modern world city in mind and believes biennales should enter into conversation with the places where they are shown. 'This exhibition has been designed specifically for Sydney and, equally, would stand up well in any international city,' he explains. Cockatoo Island returns as a major exhibition venue in 2010, building on the success of its inaugural use for the 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008). The venue will feature works by approximately 50 artists spread throughout the island's cavernous structures and open spaces. The island will feature many new site-specific works, created directly in response to the location. Elliott says: 'Cockatoo Island is historically significant as both a prison and an industrial powerhouse; it offers a variety and vastness of space, which is a fantastic challenge and privilege for artists. It is one of the unique environments of Sydney and we will be filling it with art.' ABOUT THE BIENNALE OF SYDNEY As Australia's largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts event - with 436,150 visits in 2008 - the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010) will celebrate the organisation's 37th anniversary. Since its inception in 1973, the Biennale of Sydney has provided an international platform for innovative and challenging contemporary art from Australia and around the world. Every two years, the Biennale of Sydney is presented free of charge to the public over a twelve-week period. Over the past 37 years, the critically acclaimed and popular large-scale exhibitions have showcased more than 1355 artists from over 82 countries. With a tradition of innovation, the Biennale of Sydney was among the first to celebrate Australia's cultural and ethnic diversity; the first to show indigenous art in an international contemporary art context; and the first to focus on Asia and the contemporary art of our region. VENUES The Biennale of Sydney venues combine established and high-profile museums, dedicated contemporary art spaces, heritage sites and buildings, as well as outdoor city areas. In 2010, the 17th Biennale of Sydney will be situated across the heart of the city in a series of venues: Cockatoo Island, Pier 2/3, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Artspace and the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Grand Court).

17th Biennale of Sydney
Miguel Angel Rios
Crudo 2008 (video still)
single-channel video, colour, sound, 3:14 mins
Courtesy the artist and Evo Gallery, Santa Fe
17th Biennale of Sydney
17th Biennale of Sydney
Christian Jankowski
Tableaux Vivant TV – LIVE from the inside
2010, video, 31:42 mins
Installation view of the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010) at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Co-produced by Biennale of Sydney, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, 2010 Courtesy the artist; Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland; Klosterfelde, Berlin; and Lisson Gallery, London
Photograph: Jenni Carter