Best art biennials
Manifesta travels to Sicily and a new triennial is due to open in the US, Glasgow and Liverpool welcome back their big exhibitions
13 January, 2018
Paul Elliman's The Day Shapes, 2014.
0 by the Swiss artist Urs Fischer, 2015.
Lydia Ourahmane, The Third Choir, 2014.
The year is shaping up to be interesting for art lovers and travellers. The 10th Liverpool Biennial: Beautiful World, Where Are You? will take place from 14 July until 28 October and its venues include Tate Liverpool. The Saudi Arabia-born artist Mae-ling Lokko, George Osodi of Nigeria and Suki Seokyeong Kang of South Korea are some of the lesser-known names participating in the tenth Liverpool Biennial. The co-curators Sally Tallant, the Liverpool biennial director, and Kitty Scott of the Art Gallery of Ontario will tap into our turbulent times.
Manifesta 12: the Planetary Garden, Cultivating Coexistence will take place from 16 June until 4 November in Palermo, Italy. The 12th edition of the nomadic biennial focuses on the Sicilian capital Palermo as a melting pot that has welcomed waves of immigrants over the centuries. Francesco Lojacono's painting View of Palermo (1875) is the starting point for Manifesta's 12 creative mediators - or in other words, curators. They include the architects Ippolito Laparelli, a partner in Rem Koolhaas's OMA company, and Andres Jaque, who say in a statement: “Palermo's position at the crossroads of three continents makes it an ideal location for Manifesta 12 to investigate some of the key changes of our time.” Preparations for Manifesta are well under way. The historic Teatro Garibaldi reopened last summer with a special pre-biennial programme entitled Waiting for Manifesta 12. “The programme invites Palermitans to proactively learn about Manifesta and share ideas about the future of their city,” the organisers say. Another key venue is the city's botanical garden, which will host a section of the exhibition, called Garden of Flows, exploring toxicity, plant life and the culture of gardening.
New Museum Triennial: Songs for Sabotage starts on 13 February and will continue until 27 May in New Museum, New York. The triennial curators - Gary Carrion-Murayari of the New Museum and Alex Gartenfeld, the deputy director at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami - are highlighting polemical topical issues. Songs for Sabotage, its organisers say, “explores interventions into cities, infrastructures and the networks of everyday life.”
Glasgow International will take place from 20 April until 7 May. Venues include the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow. Richard Parry, the former director of the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool, takes the reins at Glasgow International, overseeing exhibitions and events across 70 spaces.