Art Diary

Liverpool Biennial

1 April 2021

This week’s Apollo Art Diary picks out four outdoor sculpture trails and exhibitions that you can still enjoy while the long wait continues for UK museums to reopen…

The 11th Liverpool Biennial launched its first ‘chapter’ on 20 March – a series of outdoor sculptures, as well as sound and digital pieces on its website, commissioned from nine artists. Among the sculptors are Larry Achiampong, whose Pan African Flags For the Relic Travellers’ Alliance, with their designs of 54 stars representing the 54 nations of Africa, are sited in 10 locations across the city; Linder, whose billboard Bower of Bliss takes its cues both from Oz magazine and Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene; and Rashid Johnson’s Stacked Heads installed at Canning Dock Quayside. Titled ‘The Stomach and the Port’, the biennial as a whole is broadly themed around non-Western philosophies for conceptualising the body; it runs until 6 June. Find out more from the Liverpool Biennial’s website.

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Pan African Flag for the Relic Travellers’ Alliance (2021), Larry Achiampong. Installation view at the Dr Martin Luther King Jr. building in Liverpool. Photo: Mark McNulty

(2020), Rashid Johnson. Installation view at Canning Dock Quayside, Liverpool.

Stacked Heads (2020), Rashid Johnson. Installation view at Canning Dock Quayside, Liverpool. Photo: Mark McNulty