10 Art Biennales Worth Travelling To In 2018
Brace yourselves, as we are in for a busy year ahead with major art exhibitions and events to visit all around the world, including at least 25 art biennales scheduled to happen at all four corners of the globe.
These mega art exhibitions take place only once every two years, with the help of carefully chosen guest curators who decide on a theme to lead the exhibition’s direction. Rarely confined to an exhibition space, these biennales spread their roots throughout the city, creating a presence in parks, public spaces and multiple galleries.
Below, we highlight 10 biennales on our radar for 2018:
1/10Gangwon International Biennale, Gangwon, South Korea
Dates: 3 February-18 March 2018
Theme: The Dictionary of Evil
Hong Kyoung-han, an art critic who serves as the art director for GIB 2018, chose to confront the evils that are rampant in modern society to define the direction of this year's biennale.
Find out more on gwbien.com
2/10Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Dates: 16 March-11 June, 2018
Theme: SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium and Engagement
This year's Biennale of Sydney will examine the state of ‘superposition’ by examining how it might operate in the world today. Bonus: to mark the opening of the Biennale, Ai Weiwei will appear in conversation with artistic director Mami Kataoka.
Find out more on biennaleofsydney.com
3/10New Museum Triennial, New York City, United States
Dates: 13-27 May, 2018
Theme: Songs For Sabotage
Ok, we know this is a triennial, but it still deserves a spot on this list. The poetic theme of this year's New Museum Triennial questions how individuals and collectives around the world might effectively address the connection of images and culture to the forces that structure our society.
Find out more on newmuseum.org
See also: 10 Korean Sculpture Artists To Watch
4/1010th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany
Dates: 9 June-9 September 2018
Theme: We Don't Need Another Hero
A conversation with artists and contributors who think and act beyond art, as they confront the incessant anxieties perpetuated by a willful disregard for complex subjectivities.
Find out more on berlinbiennale.de
5/10Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
Dates: 7 September - 11 November 2018
Theme: Imagined Borders
A discussion of a contemporary phenomenon in depth, wherein national and geopolitical borders are being reorganized after globalization.
Find out more on gwangjubiennale.org
See also: Karena Lam Brings Japanese Artist Watanabe Mayumi's Magic To Hong Kong
6/10Yinchuan Biennale, Yinchuan, China
Dates: 9 June - 19 September 2018
Theme: Starting from the Desert. Ecologies on the Edge
Curated by Marco Scotini, the exhibition will involve 15,000 square meters of museum space and other art settlements, including Hui Nongqu Eco-park and the International Artist Village of the River Origins. It intends to address urgent issues (environmental, social and cultural) not only for China but around the world.
Find out more on moca-yinchuan.com
7/10Bangkok Art Biennale, Bangkok, Thailand
Dates: November 2018 - February 2019
Theme: Beyond Bliss
Featuring interpretations of joy and happiness, but also touching on socio-political and environmental issues that can lead to a distinct lack of bliss.
Find out more on bkkartbiennale.com
8/10Taipei Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan
Dates: 17 November - 3 October 2019
Theme: Life-support, Living, Survival System
This year's Taipei Biennial brings into focus “the interconnectivity of ecosystemic structures formed between humans and nature”, and aiming to “serve as a platform of social experimentation to generate new interdisciplinary possibilities for long-lasting, community-driven, bottom-up synergies.”
Find out more on taipeibiennial.org
9/10Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China
Dates: 10 November 2018 - 10 March 2019
Theme: Proregress: Art in an Age of Historical Ambivalence
Drawing from E. E. cummings's 1931 collection of W ViVa, peered through the lens of the late Zygmunt Bauman’s 2017 musings on a “retropia”, this theme touches on the age-old and ongoing exploration of our relationships with the past, with nostalgia, and how they define both our today and tomorrow.
Find out more on shanghaibiennale.org
10/10Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India
Dates: 12 December 2018 - 29 March 2019
Theme: Forming in the Pupil of an Eye
Inspired by ancient theories around sight and perception penned by Middle Eastern physicians and South Asian philosophers, this year's theme asks viewers to really look
Find out more on kochimuzirisbiennale.org