The 20th Biennale of Sydney is a non-profit organisation that presents Australia’s largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts festival. Held every two years, the Biennale is a three-month exhibition, with an accompanying program of artist talks, performances, forums, guided tours, family days and other special events.
Since its inception in 1973, the Biennale of Sydney has provided an international platform for innovative contemporary art, showcasing the work of nearly 1600 artists from over 100 countries.Today it ranks as one of the leading international festivals of contemporary art in the world and continues to be recognised for showcasing the freshest and most provocative art from Australia and around the world.
The 20th Biennale of Sydney, inspired by a quote from leading science fiction author William Gibson, is titled The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed. This edition of the Biennale will be presented at seven main venues conceived as ‘embamsies of thought’. The embassies are:Cockatoo Island (Embassy of the Real); Art Gallery of New South Wales (Embassy of Spirits); Carriageworks (Embassy of Disappearance); Artspace (Embassy of Non-Participation);Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Embassy of Translation); and a bookshop (Embassy of Stanislaw Lem). For the first time a former train station used solely for funerary purposes, Mortuary Station (Embassy of Transition) will be a Biennale venue. Check the website for who's on and when.