17th Biennale of Sydney: il futuro dell'arte racchiuso nel passato

Static No.12 - 2009/2010 - Daniel Crooks - Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery Copyright © Daniel Crooks 2009

Il 12 maggio si è aperta la 17esima Biennale di Sydney. Questa edizione è segnata dalla partecipazione di 166 artisti e di 36 paesi per un totale di 440 opere d'arte presentate.

Un impegno considerevole, forse il più grande mai realizzato dalla manifestazione in 37 anni. Il titolo è esso stesso significativo, The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, che racchiude il principio di questa edizione 2010, quello di raccogliere più culture possibili, guardando al futuro con un occhio al passato.

Non tutti i lavori sono nuovi, 70 rispetto al totale, ma è significativo l'elenco degli artisti partecipanti. Dai fratelli Chapman a AES+F, da Louise Bourgeois (il cui contributo, a due giorni dalla scomparsa, assume un valore ancora maggiore) a Cai Guo-Qiang, da Steve McQueen a Cao Fei, da Bill Viola a SuperDeluxe. E non manca neanche Paul Mccarthy.

La Biennale di Sydney, per durata di tempo, è terza soltanto a Venezia e San Paolo. Interessante vedere il programma (certo una cosa è la carta una cosa è la sensazione di persona), perché c'è molta sperimentazione, verso generi che uniscono performance, musica, intrattenimento. Oltre ai classici video, fotografia, pittura, scultura. Così come è interessante notare, in tempi di chiusura verso il proprio paese, la volontà di far vedere come l'arte non abbia invece confini. E ultima cosa, constatare come, nonostante i difficili tempi economici, mentre in altri paesi si tagliano manifestazioni importanti, a Sydney hanno deciso addirittura di investire di più (considerazioni che ho sviluppato a distanza, leggendo del MAXXI, nuovo contenitore con vecchio contenuto e dei tagli alla cultura, Triennale e Quadriennale incluse).

17th Biennale of Sydney 2010
Inopportune: Stage One - 2004 - Cai Guo-Qiang - Collection of Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Robert M. Arnold, in honour of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2006.1 (Exhibition Copy) The presentation of this project was made possible with assistance from Shiseido Photograph: Ben Symons
My Hubble - 2010 - Peter Hennessey - Courtesy the artist; Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide; and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne This project was assisted by Arts Victoria; Gunnersen; and New Touch Laser Cutting
The unbearable lightness of being - 2010 - Choi Jeong Hwa - Courtesy the artist This project was made possible through the generous support of Look Print Photograph: Sebastian Kriete
Vision Quest with Chrome Hoof, A Ritual for Elephant and Castle - 2010 - Marcus Coates - Photograph: Nick David Produced by NOMAD Courtesy the artist; Kate MacGarry, London; and Workplace Gallery, Gateshead

The Feast of Trimalchio - 2009 - AES+F - Courtesy the artists; Triumph Gallery, Moscow; and Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
Jumping Castle War Memorial - 2010 - Brook Andrew - Courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne This work has been made possible through the support of DETACHED, Hobart in partnership with the University of Queensland Art Museum and Urban Art Projects
Perfumes & Bazaar, the Garden of Allah - 2006 - Lara Baladi - Technical production and printing, Factum Arte, Madrid Copyright © Lara Baladi
Inopportune: Stage One - 2004 - Cai Guo-Qiang - Collection of Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Robert M. Arnold, in honour of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2006 Installation view at Shawinigan Space, National Gallery of Canada, 2006 Courtesy Cai Studio Photograph: Kazuo Ono
Kullorsuaq I - 2006 - Tiina Itkonen - Courtesy the artist
Green Screen Goddess No. 1 - 2010 - Isaac Julien - Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Summertale - 2008 - Katarzyna Kozyra - Produced by Zacheta National Gallery of Art Courtesy ?AK | BRANICKA Gallery, Berlin Copyright © the artist Photograph: M. Olivia Soto
Untitled - 2009 - Cao Fei - Courtesy of RMB City © 2009 RMB City Project is developed by Cao Fei (SL: China Tracy) and Vitamin Creative Space Facilitator: Uli Sigg (SL: UliSigg Cisse)
Ship of Fools, Ship Adrift 2 - 2010 - Paul McCarthy - Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Gravesend - 2007 - Steve McQueen - Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London
The Death of Adonis - 2009 - Kent Monkman - Courtesy the artist and TrépanierBaer Gallery, Calgary
Neuron - 2010 - Roxy Paine - Copyright © Roxy Paine Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York
Ambush - 2008 - Penny Siopis - Courtesy the artist and Michael Stevenson, Cape Town Photograph: Mario Todeschini
17th Biennale of Sydney 2010
Cain Slays Abel - 2008 - Conrad Botes - Courtesy the artist and Michael Stevenson, Cape Town Photograph: Mario Todeschini
Fischgrätenmelkstand kippt ins Höhlengleichnis Refugium - 2008 - John Bock - Courtesy of Klosterfelde, Berlin and Anton Kern, New York Copyright © John Bock. All rights reserved Photograph: Jan Windszus
Migraine - 2009 - Jake and Dinos Chapman - Copyright © the artists Photo: Jochen Littkeman Courtesy White Cube, London and Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
Seer Bonnet IV - 2009 - Angela Ellsworth - Courtesy the artist and Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale Photograph: Ana Elizalde
So That Liberty Shall Not Perish From This Earth - 2007 - Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont - Courtesy the artists and Goddard de Fiddes
Everyone No.75 - 2009 - Rodney Glick - Courtesy the artist Photograph: Dewandra Djelantik 'Everyone Series' Project Team: Made Leno, Chris Hill, Dewa Tirtayasa, Wayan Darmadi, Nyoman Suweta, Rob Finlayson, Tony Nathan, Claire Evans
Mihaia - 2010 - Brett Graham - Installation view of the 17th Biennale of Sydney at the Museum of Contemporary Art Courtesy the artist and Two Rooms, Auckland Photograph: Sebastian Kriete
Pub Shaman, Lamp Tavern, Birmingham, UK - 2007 - Marcus Coates - Produced in association with Insertspace, UK Courtesy the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK
Neo Thousand Armed Kannon - 2002 - Hisashi Tenmyouya - Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo Copyright © the artist
Lightning Fields Illuminated 003 - 2008 - Hiroshi Sugimoto - Courtesy the artist and Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo

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