Biennales and Triennales 2011 [Updated 27.09.2011]

Maurizio Cattelan’s stuffed pigeons on the façade of the central pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale. Photo by Jerry Saltz

Biennales and Triennales have sprouted out of every decent sized city over the last few decades. Needless to say, the Venice Biennale is the eldest and, although its denomination as the “Art World Olympics” is slightly dated in these transnational times, it is still considered the greatest art show on earth. New Orleans’s Prospect, as well as the Pittsburgh and Brussels Biennales are the most recent new comers on this ever-growing list. There are now so many Bi- and Tri-ennales organised around in the world that it is possible to find one going on at any time throughout the year. With this in mind, M-KOS is offering its readers a calendar list of such events for the rest of 2011, to look all of them up from one single post instead of on our weekly What’s On feature.

Prague Biennale 5 / Prague Biennale Photo 2
19 May – 11 September 2011
Directors: Giancarlo Politi, Helena Kontova;
Curator: Nicola Trezzi


The 54th Venice Biennale
Titile: ILLUMInations
4 June – 25 November 2011
Director: Bice Curiger

The 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial
10 June – 11 December 2011 (10 June– 23 Oct. at Pittsburgh Centre for the Arts and Pittsburgh filmmakers; 16 June– 18 Sept. at The Carnegie Museum of Art; 16 Sept. – 10 Dec. The Warhol; 16 Sept. – 11 Dec. at Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University; )
Curators: Eric Shiner, Dan Byers, Astria Suparak and Adam Welch

The 5th KWAG Biennale
Titile: The Black and White: An Allegory of Colour
15 June – 5 September 2011
at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Guest Curator: Robert Enright

The 11th Biennial of Cuenca
Title: In-Between – Openings, Contacts and Urban Wanderings in Today’s Art
16 June – 17 July at MAAC Guayaquil
08 September – 07 October at ITCHIMBIA Quito
Curator: Agnaldo Farias, Katya Cazar, Christóbal Zapata, Fernando Castro Flórez, Hernán Pacurucu

The 6th Momentum Biennale
Title: Imagine Being Here Now
18 June – 8 October 2011
at Momentum Kunsthall, Oslo, Norway

Luleå Art Biennial 2011
22 June – 14 September 2011
The selection committee: Ricky Sandberg, Pilar de Burgos, Dan Lestander, Sara Edström, Anja Persson

Folkestone Triennial
Title: A Million Miles from Home
23 June – 25 September 2011
Curator: Andrea Schlieker

The 5th Biennale Internationale d’Art contemporain de Melle
Title: Habiter La Terre: Du battement de cÅ“ur à l’emportement de monde
25 June – 18 September 2011
Artistic director: Dominique Truco

The 4th Biennale Internationale Lin de Portneuf
Title: Touch (Visual Arts); Linen Diaspora (Craft); Homemade/Handmade (Design)
25 June – 2 October 2011
St Léonard de Portneuf, Québec, Canada
Curators: Danielle Lord (Visual Arts); Karen Fleming (Craft); Daniel Henry (Design)

Yokohama Triennale 2011
Title: Our Magic Hour – How Much of the World Can We Know?
6 August – 6 November 2011
Curator: Akiko Miki

Dublin Contemporary 2011
Title: Terrible Beauty – Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance
6 September – 31 October 2011
(Preview is on Monday 5 September 2011)
Curators :Jota Castro and Christian Viveros-Fauné

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal
Title: Lucidity – Inward Views
at 14 different venues across the city,
8 September – 9 October 2011
Guest curator : Anne-Marie Ninacs

Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art
Title: Pandemonium – Art in a Time of Creativity Fever
10 September – 13 November 2011
Curators: Sarat Maharaj, Dorothee Albrecht, Stina Edblom, Gertrud Sandqvist

The 8th Mercosul Biennial
Title: Essays in Geopoetics
10 September – 15 November 2011

The LIVE Biennale – International Performance Art Biennale, Vancouver
15 –25 September 2011

The 11th Biennale de Lyon
Title: A Terrible Beauty Is Born
15 September – 31 December 2011
Curator: Victoria Noorthoorn

The 12th Istanbul Biennale
Title: Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011
17 September – 13 November 2011
Curators: Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffmann

The 6th VentoSul – Biennial of Curitiba
Title: Beyond The Crisis
17 September – 20 November 2011
Curators: Ticio Escobar, Alfons Hug; Co-Curators: Paz Guevara, Adriana Almada; Guest Curators: Artur Freitas, Eliane Prolik, Simone Landal, Alberto Saraiva

The 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art
Thessaloniki, Greece
Title: Old Intersections – Make It New
18 September – 18 November 2011
Curators: Paolo Colombo, Mahita El Bacha Urieta, Marina Fokidis

The 4th Moscow Biennale
Title: Rewriting Worlds
22 September – 30 October 2011
Commissioner: Joseph Backstein; Curator: Peter Weibel

Asia Triennial Manchester II
1 October – 27 November 2011

The 2nd Quebec Triennale
Title: The Work Ahead of Us
7 October 2011 – 3 January 2012

The 2nd New Orleans International Contemporary Art Biennial
22 October 2011 – 29 January 2012
Preview 20–21 October 2011 (TBC)
Director: Dan Cameron

The 3rd Athens Biennale
23 October – 11 December 2011
Curators: Nicolas Bourriaud & XYZ

Performa 11
1–21 November 2011
Curator: RoseLee Goldberg

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