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21st Biennale of Sydney

Sydney, Australia

16 Mar - 11 Jun 2018

SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement

The 21st Biennale of Sydney presents the work of 70 international artists at seven of the city’s most respected galleries and exhibition spaces: Art Gallery of NSW, Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney Opera House and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.The Biennale also returns to the Sydney Opera House, marking 45 years since both Australian cultural institutions were inaugurated in 1973.

The exhibition will examine the state of ‘superposition’, a quantum mechanical term that refers to the ability of electrons to occupy multiple states at once, by examining how it might operate in the world today. We are surrounded by conflicting ideas across all levels of humanity: different cultures; readings of nature and the universe; political ideologies and systems of government; interpretations of human history, the history of art and definitions of contemporary art. More than a quarter of exhibiting artists will be Australian. Find out more about the 21st Biennale of Sydney from their website.

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The Bread (video still; 2012), Michaël Borremans. Courtesy the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

The Bread (video still; 2012), Michaël Borremans. Courtesy the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

Open Vase Central Leader Widow Maker (2017), Yasmin Smith. Courtesy the artist and The Commercial Gallery, Sydney; Photograph: Elle Fredericksen

Open Vase Central Leader Widow Maker (2017), Yasmin Smith. Courtesy the artist and The Commercial Gallery, Sydney; Photograph: Elle Fredericksen

A Certain Frame Work 3 (video still; 2017), Su-Mei Tse. Courtesy the artist; Ad Gallery, Athens; and Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong; Photograph: Jean-Lou Majerus

A Certain Frame Work 3 (video still; 2017), Su-Mei Tse. Courtesy the artist; Ad Gallery, Athens; and Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong; Photograph: Jean-Lou Majerus

The Views (installation view; 2016), Chen Shaoxiong. Courtesy Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing

The Views (installation view; 2016), Chen Shaoxiong. Courtesy Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing

Untitled (2008), George Tjungurrayi. Courtesy the artist; Utopia Art Sydney; and Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs; Photograph: Felicity Brading

Untitled (2008), George Tjungurrayi. Courtesy the artist; Utopia Art Sydney; and Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs; Photograph: Felicity Brading

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