Art Demystified: Biennials, Explained

artnet News | Henri Neuendorf:

What is the role of biennials, triennials, quadrennials, and evenquinquennials in the contemporary art? For art world outsiders the significance and attention surrounding these events may be difficult to understand. Biennials are international showcases for contemporary art taking place every two years, and are the most popular -ennial by far. Today, in the globalized world of contemporary art, there’s over 100 biennials in cities such as São Paulo, Istanbul, Moscow, and Sydney competing for star curators and big-name artists, and the events have increasingly become a source of local pride, tourism, cultural capital, and revenue for cities… Read more

Image: The Venice Biennale. Photo: courtesy the Venice Biennale