Biennales and Triennales 2012


Exhibition view from the Whiteny Biennale 2012. Dawn Kaspar, THIS COULD BE SOMETHING IF I LET IT, 2012. From the series “Nomadic Studio,” Practice Experiment, 2009- Three-month durational performance and multimedia installation. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Whitney Museum

Already three months have whizzed by since the new year, and in the process some early 2012 bi/triennials unfortunately missed out on the listing below, but there are still many more to come before the end of 2012. M-KOS offers its readers a compilation of Bi/Triennales held across the planet for the rest of this year.

2012 New Museum Triennial
New York, USA
Title: The Ungovernables
Date: 15 February – 22 April 2012
Curated by Eungie Joo

Abigail DeVille, What Happens to a Dream Deferred…Supernova, 2009. Photo: LaToya Ruby Frazier


Higher Atlas, visual arts exhibition,
a part of 4th Edition Marrakech Biennale (29 Feb – 3 Mar 2012)
Marrakech, Morocco
Date: 29 February – 3 June 2012
Curated by Nadim Samman, Carson Chan


Whiteney Biennial 2012
New York, USA
Date: 1 March – 27 May 2012
Curated by Elizabeth Sassman, Jay Sanders


Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art
Adelaide, Australia
Title: Parallel Collisions
Date: 2 March – 29 April 2012
Curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Natasha Bullock


Beaufort04 – 4th Edition Triennial of Contemporary Art by the Sea
the Belgian coast line
Date: 31 March – 30 September 2012
Commissioner: Phillip Van den Bossche; curator: Jan Moeyaert


Dallas Biennale
Several Venues in Dallas, Texas
Date: 12 April – August 2012
Curator: Florence Ostende


International Digital Arts Biennial 1st Edition
Montréal, Canada
Title: Phenomena
Date: 18 April – 13 June 2012


La Triennale 2012
Palais de Tokyo + collaborating institutions,
Paris, France
Title: Intense Proximity
Date: 20 April – 26 August 2012
Artistic Director: Okwui Enwezor


7th Berlin Biennale
Berlin, Germany
Title: Forget Fear
Date: 27 April – 1 July 2012
Curated by Artur Żmijewski, Joanna Warsza, VOINA


MANIF D’ART 6 – Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec
Québec City, Canada
Date: 3 May – 3 June 2012
Curated by Nicole Gingras


Dak’Art 2012 – Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain
Dakar, Senegal
Title: Contemporary Creation and Social Dynamics
Date: 11 May – 10 June 2012
Curated by Christine Eyene, Nadira Laggoune, Riason Naidoo


11th Havana Biennial
Havana, Cuba
Title: Artistic Practices and Social Imaginaries
Date: 11 May – 11 June 2012
Curatorial team includes Jorge Antonio Fernández Torres, Margarita González Lorente, Nelson Herrera Ysla and more.


7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale
Shenzhen, China
Title: Accidental Message – Art is not a system, not a world
Date: 12 May – 31 August 2012
Curatorial team: Liu Ding, Carol Yinghua Lu, Su Wei

© OCT Contemporary Art Terminal


EVA International 2012
Limerick City, Ireland
Title: After the Future
Date: 19 May – 12 August 2012
Curated by Annie Fletcher


Arsenale 2012
Kiev, Ukraine
Title: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times
Date: 24 May – 31 July 2012
Curated by David Elliot


Bucharest Biennale 5
Bucharest, Romania
Date: 25 May – 27 July 2012
Curated by Anne Barlow


1st Los Angeles Biennial
Los Angeles, USA
Title: Made In L.A. 2012
Date: 2 June – 2 September 2012
Curatorial team includes Anne Ellegood, Ali Subotnick, Lauri Firstenberg and more

In conjunction with Made In L.A.2012, Ali Subotnick will direct Venice Beach Biennial
Date: 13 – 15 July 2012


Manifesta 9
Genk, Limburg, Belgium
Title: The Deep of The Modern
Date: 2 June – 30 September 2012
Curated by Cuauhtémoc Medina, Dawn Ades, Katerina Gregos


Documenta 13
Kassel, Germany
9 June – 16 September 2012
Artistic Director: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev


18th Biennale of Sydney
Sydney, Australia
Title: All Our Relations
Date: 27 June – 16 September 2012
Artistic Directors: Catherine de Zegher, Gerald McMaster


The III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art 2012
Moscow, Russia
Title: Under A Tinsel Sun
Date: July – August 2012
Curated by Kathrin Becker


Echigo-Tsumari Triennale 2012
Echigo-Tsumari region (Niigata), Japan
Date: 29 July – 17 September 2012
Creative Director: Taku Satoh


Mongolia 360° – 2nd Land Art Biennial Mongolia 2012
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Title: Art and Politics – Contemporary art as spatial politics in light of emerging urbanism in Mongolia
Date: 6 – 31 August 2012
Curated by Fumio Nanjo, Anna Brietzke, Rasha Ragab,


11th Baltic Triennial
Vilnius, Lithuania
Title: Mindaugas
Date: 24 August – 4 September 2012
Curated by Defne Ayas and Benjamin Cook with Ieva Misevičiūtė & Michael Portnoy


Whistable Biennale
Whistable, UK
Date: 1 – 30 September 2012


9th Gwangju Biennale
Guangju, South Korea
Title: Roundtable
Date: 7 September – 11 November 2012
Artistic Directors: Sungjung Kim, Mami Kataoka, Carol Yinghua Lu, Nancy Adajania, Wassan AI-Khudhairi, Wassan AI-Khudhairi


30th São Paulo Biennial
São Paulo, Brazil
Title: The Imminence of Poetics
Date: 7 September – 9 December 2012
Chief Curator: Luis Pérez-Oramas


Media City Seoul 2012 – The 7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale
Seoul, South Korea
Date: 11 September – 4 November 2012


4th Mediations Biennale 2012
Poznań, Poland
Title: The Unknown
Date: 14 September – 14 October 2012
Artistic Director: Tomasz Wendland


Liverpool Biennial 2012
Liverpool, UK
Date: 15 September – 25 November 2012
Artistic Director: Sally Tallant


BiennaleOnline™
Berlin, London, NY, LA, Mexico City, Dubai, Mumbai, Beijing
Title: Connecting The Dots: The Evolution Will Be Social.
Launch Date: 20 September 2012
Artistic Director: Jan Hoet


Busan Biennale 2012
Busan, South Korea
Title: Garden of Learning
Date: 22 September – 24 November 2012
Artistic director: Roger M. Buergel

© Busan Biennale Organizing Committee



Kochi-Musiris Biennale
Kochi, Kerala, India
Date:12 December 2012 – 13 March 2013
Artistic director: Bose Krishnamachari



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