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  • The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia has been the nation's pre-eminent survey of Australian Contemporary art since its inception in 1990. Presented every two years in conjunction with the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the biennial highlights exciting new trends in contemporary visual art and is the festival's premier visual arts event.
  • An international event that is dispersed over numerous spaces and landscapes on the seven Canary Islands giving all residents and visitors a platform for sharing ideas on the importance of landscape, and the search for imaginative solutions for a better future, in harmony with the environment.
  • Founded in 2003, the biennial is international in scope, celebrating and recognizing artists from across the world.
  • With its first exhibition opening in September 2007, the biennial aims to function within an international network of large-scale periodic contemporary art events, while providing the framework and the support for a variety of approaches.
  • Founded in 1996, the biennial is an exhibition of works by international artists and artist groups sponsored by KUNST-WERKE BERLIN Institute for Contemporary Art, and on display at twelve venues along Augustsatrasse in Berlin's Mitte district.
  • Founded in 1951, a cultural event hosted every two years and held at the spacious Oscar Niemeyer Pavilion.
  • Founded in 1997, the biennial and its vigorous education program is supported by the funds raised by the Foundation Biennial of Mercosur which also oversees the preservation and documentation of all the historical materials related to the bienal.
  • Founded in 2004, the biennial promotes contemporary art with the intention that the exhibitions act as open windows onto the world of free thought, new trends, reinterpretations and new dynamic proposals in other words, onto the world of contemporary art.
  • Initiated in 2008 by Ok Center for Contemporary Art, the Biennale presents a selection of the most interesting and best works from the most important art biennials around the world. It offers visitors a glimpse into the international art world and an opportunity for a condensed experience of contemporary art.
  • In 2001 The United Nations recognized the Florence Biennale as an official partner in the program "Dialogue Among Nations."
  • Since 1973 the biennale has acted as a catalyst for cultural development and discussion. It has created unique opportunities for direct contact between artists, writers, and curators from other countries, as well as collectors and gallery directors, with their counterparts in Australia.
  • Founded in 2001, the biennial is an exhibition of ceramics created by artists from all over the world in collaboration with local craftsmen in Liguria.
  • Founded in 2007, the biennial has been commissioned and produced by the Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia and it is held at different locations in the historic precinct of Tallinn's Old Town.
  • Founded in 2003, the biennial is an ambitious celebration of international photographic practice and is committed to stimulating critical debate on photography in all its forms: new and historic, digital and analogue, still and moving.
  • Founded in 2009, the Biennial includes a wide range of institutions and projects crossing traditional boundaries between biennials, exhibitions, institutions, curators and artists.
  • Founded in 2005, the biennial promotes the exchange of art and ideas through the staging of contemporary arts and work globally and locally, bringing together an international vision of art and cross-cultural exchange with a commitment to the community involvement and the enrichment of Bucharest's cultural resources.
  • Founded in 2002, the biennale includes the Contemporary Art Exhibition, the Sea Art Festival and the Busan Sculpture Project.
  • "The California Biennial is an indispensable exhibition for both the young artists it champions and for audiences interested in discovering bold new talent," said Director Dennis Szakacs.
  • CAPE aims to culturally connect Cape Town, South Africa and the Diaspora by creating a ground-breaking contemporary African art event. It is a call to action for cultural practitioners to respond to the unique realities of present-day Africa and redefine African cultural practice for an international and local audience.
  • Founded in 2003, the biennial is entirely focused on video art.
  • Founded in 1999 and held at El Museo del Barrio, the bienal celebrates the experimental, immediate pulse of contemporary art and supports the work of emerging Latino / Latin American artists based in the New York Metropolitan area.
  • Founded in 2000, the Biennial focuses on presenting the recent advances in contemporary electronic art and also includes a conference section, and a forum for discussion.
  • This Encounter is committed to exploring the intense relationships between contemporary art from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula, making Valencia the point of reference in Europe and a cultural platform for contemporary Latin American art.
  • Founded in 1999,the Biennale generates and showcases original projects, concepts and ideas in different formats: conferences, screenings, exhibitions, urban interventions, workshops and debates. Staged in a variety of venues, they give rise to alternative visitor itineraries and original ways of exploring the host city.
  • Founded in 2001, the biennial has a pedagogic mission in terms of conveying contemporary art to the residents of Gothenburg and especially to the children and youth of the city.
  • The first biennial of contemporary art held in an Asian city and founded in 1995, it exhibits a diverse selection of art from around the world.
  • Founded in 1984, the biennial presents the work of artists who come from or have their cultural roots in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Internationale Architecture Biennale Rotterdam is an international urban research biennale founded in 2001 on the conviction that architecture is a public concern. It is an international festival of exhibitions, conferences, lectures and other activities devoted to themes in the field of architecture and urbanism.
  • Founded in 2004, the biennial exhibition is to act as an open window onto the world of free thought, of new trends, of reinterpretations and new dynamic proposals in other words, onto the world of contemporary art.
  • Founded in 1984 and modeled after La Biennale di Venezia.
  • The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts has been organizing the International Istanbul Biennial since 1987. The biennial aims to create a meeting point in Istanbul in the field of visual arts between artists from diverse cultures and the audience.
  • Established in 1997, the Biennial is organized by the Centre international d'art contemporain de Montreal (CIAC) presenting a selection of recent and yet unseen works produced by internationally known and emerging artists.
  • Founded in 1895, the biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art held at individual pavilions owned by the participating countries and other venues in Venice. The Foundation also organizes the International Architecture Exhibition, the International Film Festival, and the Festival of Contemporary Music and Theatre.
  • Founded in 1995, the biennial is usually curated by one or two guest curators.
  • Founded in 1998, the biennial aims to be an internationally acclaimed exhibition showing significant new works by artists commissioned to create works specially for the City of Liverpool.
  • Founded in 2007, the exhibition focuses on current positions in contemporary art by a younger generation of German and international artists who live and work in Germany.
  • Founded in 1997, the biennial and its related activities are an initiative of the International Foundation of Manifesta in Amsterdam. It is the only itinerant biennial in the world, and its parameters change every two years.
  • Founded in 2004, the main idea of the biennale is mediation, a dialogue between different cultures of the world, based on the experience and exploration of the culture and art of Central Europe.
  • Founded in 2005 the biennale is organized by a group of international curators and presented by the Ministry of Culture and Mass Communication, the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography, and the Moscow Biennale Art Foundation.
  • Founded and held in Panamas Museum of Contemporary Art since 1992 the Biennial has experienced a process of constant renovation, from its initial stages as a painting competition to its present status as a contemporary art exhibition that includes all artistic media.
  • Founded in 2005, it includes a substantial daily schedule of live performances, parallel exhibitions and an integrated educational component that will provide critical and historical context for new work.
  • In 1997 the Romanian artist Matei Bejenaru founded Periferic in the form of a performance festival. In 2001 it was transformed into an international art biennial by Vector Association, a non-profit cultural and artistic association, which promotes contemporary art in the local context.
  • Founded in 2003 with a focus on the cultures and stories of Central Europe as well as works by artists from the rest of the world.
  • Founded in 2008, the biennial has been designed to help reinvigorate New Orleans following the human, civic, and economic devastation left by Katrina in 2005. The long-term primary goal of the biennial exhibition is to redefine the city as a cultural destination, where the visual arts are celebrated and can once again thrive.
  • Founded in 1996, the biennial presents the work of Chinese and international artists under the direction of rotating curatorial teams.
  • Founded in 1993, the biennial presents various attempts in visual arts and film that address the growing social, political and environmental challenges the world is facing due to excessive urban development, pollution, political ambitions, and the thoughtless misuse, abuse and exhaustion of natural resources.
  • Founded in 2006, the biennial is an exhibition of contemporary art organized by the National Arts Council of Singapore.
  • Founded in 1995 the primary mission of the biennial is to give independent curators the freedom to present unique international exhibitions within the context of our museum that incorporate site-specific projects that may otherwise be difficult to execute in larger institutions.
  • Founded in 2008, the Biennial focuses on sculptural works by international artists.
  • Founded in 1998, the biennial is an exhibition of contemporary art curated by a duo team of Taiwanese and foreign courators.
  • Since its inception in 1907, the biennial has been dedicated to supporting the work of living American artists.
  • Founded in 2000, the biennial has continually served as a stage for the historical evolution of new media art.
  • Founded in 2005, the biennial shows how architecture and design, in the past and present, have looked for answers to social and cultural questions connected to innovation, quality and sustainability.
  • Founded in Bonn in 1984, Videonale is the organizer of one of the oldest video festivals in the world. Since then the festival has grown steadily, and has developed in this field into a leading institution for current video art. Since 2004, Videonale has been using the premises of the Kunstmuseum Bonn, making a meaningful complement to the video pioneers from the bequest of Ingrid Oppenheim, who as an art collector and patron of the arts laid the ideal foundations of today's VIDEONALE in the late 1970s.
  • The Whitney's signature panoramic survey of the latest in American art is the series of biennials inaugurated by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932.