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21st Biennale of Sydney
Superposition: equilibrium and engagement

jpg Eija-Liisa Ahtila 'Potentially for love – mahdollinen rakkaus' 2018 (detail)

jpg Samson Young 'Muted Situations #22: Muted Tchaikovsky’s 5th' 2018 (detail)

jpg Khvay Samnang 'Human Nature' 2010–11 (detail)

jpg Marlene Gilson 'What If' 2017 (detail)

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Held every two years, the Biennale of Sydney is a much-anticipated major contemporary art event.

Curated by Mami Kataoka, the 21st edition will examine the quantum mechanical theory of superposition by investigating how it might operate in the world today.

As one of seven venues participating across Sydney, the Art Gallery of NSW will feature exceptional new projects by a diverse field of celebrated international artists.

To commemorate 45 years of the Biennale, the exhibition will additionally reflect on the Biennale’s rich history through a close examination of its archive, drawing on more than four decades of encounters with art from around the world.

Images: Eija-Liisa Ahtila Potentially for love – mahdollinen rakkaus 2018 (detail), Copyright © Crystal Eye – Kristallisilmä Oy, Helsinki Commissioned by Serlachius Museums, Mänttä with support from AVEK; the Biennale of Sydney; Frame Contemporary Art Finland; Alfred Kordelin Foundation; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris and London; M-Museum; SES; and SKR Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris and London. Samson Young Muted Situations #22: Muted Tchaikovsky’s 5th 2018 (detail), Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with support from the Art Promotion Office and the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Courtesy the artist; Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong; Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne; and Team Gallery, New York Photo: Heike Fischer Fotografie. Khvay Samnang Human Nature 2010–11 (detail), Courtesy the artist. Marlene Gilson What If 2017 (detail), Courtesy the artist. Collection of David Atkins. Photo: Andrew Deutscher.

16 Mar – 11 Jun 2018

Free admission

Entrance court Location:
Lower Asian gallery Location:
South Building lower level 2 Location:
Yiribana Gallery


More information

For more about the Biennale, artists and other venues, see the Biennale of Sydney website