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11th Biennale de Lyon
15 September - 31 December 2011


>> Photo Tour
Including works by
aprox. 50 participants


11th Biennale de Lyon, 2011

Erick Beltrán, 11th Biennale de Lyon 2011

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Victoria Noorthoorn / © Copyright photo: Haupt & Binder

Victoria Noorthoorn

Thierry Raspail / © Copyright photo: Haupt & Binder

Thierry Raspail


Une terrible beauté est née /
A Terrible Beauty is Born

The title is a verse from the poem Easter 1916, written by William Butler Yeats about the general uprising by which the Irish claimed emancipation from the British. More about...

Statement by Victoria Noorthoorn about her curatorial approach:

For the creation of the 11th Biennale de Lyon, historically a Biennale d’auteur, I have chosen to do as artists do: to grope, in the midst of a darkness that may or may not grow lighter as I advance, from point to point and from work to work, oriented by my obsessions, intuitions, and fears, and by the leads and provocations that each of the participating artists have thrown along my (that is, our) way. I have worked and traveled so that this show does it all at once: to address the uncertainty of the present and the near future, to speak about the condition of the artist and the necessity of art, while leaving the door open to doubt, to contradiction, to perplexity, to change and to movement. This is an exhibition that stems from the following sets of convictions and questions:    >> See the text

The 11th Biennale de Lyon will include around 70 artists from around the globe, but primarily from Europe, Africa and Latin America, across the 14,000 square meter of its four venues: La Sucrière, the Fondation Bullukian, the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, and the T.A.S.E. factory. There will be two additional platforms: "Veduta," a window on the diversity of visual cultures, with a wide range of local stakeholders, under the direction of Abdelkader Damani; and "Résonance", an art trail involving more than 90 art centres, galleries, and artist collectives across Greater Lyon and the Rhône-Alpes region.

The Biennale’s catalogue is being conceived and directed by an editorial team based in Buenos Aires, that includes writers Carlos Gamerro and Rubén Mira, playwright and theatre director Alejandro Tantanian, and Victoria Noorthoorn. Published and designed in close collaboration with editor Franck Gautherot from Les Presses du Réel, the catalogue is being conceived as an editorial, autonomous work – rather than as a representation of the Biennale per se.

(From press information)

Organizer, contact:

Biennale de Lyon

3 rue du Président Edouard Herriot
69001 Lyon

Tel.: +33 4 - 2746 6560

Email: info@biennale-de-lyon.org
Website: www.biennale-de-lyon.org

Media contacts:

See the corresponding addresses for different regions on the website of the Biennale

10th Biennale de Lyon, 2009
16 September 2009 - 3 January 2010, Lyon, France. Title: The Spectacle of the Everyday Guest curator: Hou Hanru; Artistic director: Thierry Raspail.

Biennale de Lyon - History
All the editions of the Lyon Biennial since 1991


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11th Biennale de Lyon

15 September -
31 December 2011

Lyon, France

Preview days:
13 and 14 Sept. 2011

A Terrible Beauty is Born
See the curatorial statement

Guest curator:
Victoria Noorthoorn
Biographical data

Artistic director:
Thierry Raspail
Biographical data

List of artists
With brief biographies

Works and venues
Extensive photo tour, incl. aprox. 50 artists

Official website