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biennale de Lyon 2017 "Mondes flottants" - Shimabuku
Biennale de Lyon  2015-2016 - La Vie Moderne
Biennale de Lyon d'art contemporain
Ange Leccia Arrangement (400 globes terrestres), 1990 Biennale de Lyon 1991, photo Jean-Baptiste Rodde
Affiche de la Biennale d'art contemporain 1995
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The Lyon Biennial Contemporary Art Festival

From mid-September to late December in years ending in odd numbers

20th September to 7th January 2017, at the Sucrière and MAC Lyon (Museum of Contemporary Art)

... The biennial festival looks forward to welcoming you over the winter.

The Lyon Biennial has emerged as a "must see" event on the contemporary art scene.

Three months to explore the exhibition sites...
Three months to get a feel for the theme, to try and understand it or rather to experience it…

Each biennial is completely new and different, with a new theme and a new organiser, presenting sculptures, paintings, videos, photos or visual displays from some 70 international artists.

The exhibitions are accompanied by a number of discovery trails, tours and other features enabling visitors of all kinds to discover, to appreciate (or otherwise) and understand the exhibits.

Numerous events are being organised around the Biennial Festival with Veduta, Résonance and Le Docks Art Fair in which art galleries and public or private venues all join forces to ensure that this event is a major celebration of contemporary art, including exhibitions and concerts, etc.

Come along and laugh, cry, get annoyed, and prepare to be moved and to have your curiosity aroused in the presence of these remarkable works.

That's how it is with contemporary art.

Don't miss this legendary event.

14th Biennale de Lyon "Floating Worlds"

After “La Vie Moderne” (Modern Life) in 2015, the Contemporary Art Biennial explores another aspect of the word ‘modern’... The theme chosen by the guest commissioner for this 14th edition, Emma Lavigne, is “Floating Worlds”.

This theme, rich in meaning, draws inspiration from Lyon, a city of two rivers, the Rhône and the Saône, around which life has evolved, following their course and their confluence... and creating a fertile landscape for artistic imagination.

The theme also derives from a Japanese word, Ukiyo, meaning a kind of ‘floating world’, a poetic, imaginary, serene world, to which we can escape, through art, in troubled times, and find an antidote to the world’s instability. Clinamen, an installation by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot is a wonderfully soothing example.

Finally, Floating Worlds also refers to a kind of porosity, a continuous metamorphosis that takes place in contemporary art... illustrated in Hans Haacke’s moving textile installations.

There is also the ebb and flow of the current, of energy, and the social networks that allow individuals to communicate, yet also somehow isolate them...

The biennial presents immersive works, through which one can wander, absorbing visual elements and sounds, and perhaps even interacting with certain features...

As you can probably tell, this edition promises lots of interesting discoveries, surprises and thought-provoking exhibits, that open doors to spaces offering hope, poetry, freedom and feelings...

60 artists from 28 countries offer you their personal vision of the contemporary world.

It is an opportunity to discover different points of view and remarkable worlds. Photography, painting, sculpture, video, and installations, all methods are employed to surprise you, charm you, and offer you a new view of the world around us, in all its diversity, with its paradoxes, its inconsistencies and poetry.

Themed or family visits, visits for teenagers and adults, and 4 evening visits and workshops are offered in the different venues to give you the keys to understand and interpret the works. Feel free to use them!

And above all, keep your entry ticket to the Biennale. It is valid for all the exhibition venues.

Finally, entry to the Lyon Biennale is included in the Lyon City Card :

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Lyon City Card The Lyon City Card provides free admission to the Biennial sites