Anya Gallaccio: Beautiful Minds
Anya Gallaccio, Beautiful Minds, 2015–17, aluminium, clay, pump, computer, software, 5 x 5 x 5 m. Courtesy the artist; Thomas Dane Gallery, London; and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles. Photograph: Luke Walker

Every two years, Sydney is host to Australia’s largest exhibition of international contemporary art, the Biennale of Sydney. 

Since its inception in 1973, the Biennale of Sydney has provided a platform for art and ideas and is recognised for commissioning and presenting innovative, thought-provoking art from Australia and around the globe. A leading international art event, The Biennale of Sydney has showcased the work of nearly 1,800 artists from more than 100 countries. 

2018 marks the 45th anniversary of the Biennale of Sydney and its 21st edition, and this year's Artistic Director is internationally renowned curator Mami Kataoka, who has held the position of Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo since 2009. 

We are delighted to have supported a number of UK artists to exhibit at this year's Biennale. The exhibiting UK artists include: Oliver Beer, Anya Gallaccio, Ryan Gander, Ciara Phillips and Semiconductor

Exploring the curatorial theme of SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, the 21st Biennale of Sydney will be presented at seven of the city’s most respected museums, galleries and non-traditional exhibition spaces: Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Sydney Opera House and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. 

Many of the artworks presented in the 21st Biennale are the result of direct engagement with communities around the globe and reflect the artists’ own migrations or personal histories. Artistic Director, Mami Kataoka commented: “The artists in the 21st Biennale of Sydney have been chosen to offer a panoramic view of how opposing interpretations can come together in a state of equilibrium. The history of the people of Sydney collectively reflects the history of the world in the 20th century, in particular the movements and migration of people and cultures away from conflict. My hope is that the artworks in this Biennale will serve as a catalyst for thought for all of us.” 

The Biennale of Sydney was held between 16 March and 11 June 2018. 

Find out more on the Biennale of Sydney website

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