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The Biennale de Lyon 2009 - The Spectacle of the Everyday
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LYON.- The Biennale de Lyon: 10th edition, will take place from Wednesday September 16, 2009 until Sunday January 3, 2010. An authorial biennale rooted in a museum project The Lyon Biennale stemmed from a project by Lyon’s Museum of Contemporary Art, directed by Thierry Raspail since its inception 1984. From 1984-1988, the Biennale was preceded by an annual event entitled October of the Arts, which ended with the exhibition Colour Alone: The Experience of Monochrome. This retraced the adventure of monochrome, from the beginnings of Impressionism and the historical avant-gardes topical work by artists ranging Malevitch to Anish Kapoor. Staged in various venues around the city, Colour Alone was highly successful, making its mark and illustrating Lyon's potential for hosting an international event, following the Paris Biennale's closure in 1985. event gave rise to the inaugural Lyon Biennale in September 1991.

The desire to create an event capable of artistic self-renewal while building a stable, long-term project that bonded with its host territory led to an organisational model specific to the Lyon Biennale an Artistic Director builds the event's identity over time, and each edition chooses a curator/ curators with whom he collaborates closely to devise an artistic project.

The Lyon Biennale is therefore truly an authorial biennale and, as Jean-Hubert Martin noted, “a clever of having themes addressed through the personalities of others”. Each biennale provides the opportunity to explore a specific issue. Its nine editions thus far formed three successive trilogies the first devoted to History, the second to Globalisation, and the third to Temporality. They have been curated by an international array of art historians, critics professional curators including Harald Szeemann, Jean-Hubert Martin, Le Consortium (with Robert Nickas and Anne Pontégnie), Stéphanie Moisdon and Hans Ulrich Obrist, and now, in 2009, Hou Hanru.



Last Week News

April 9, 2009

First Display of Art from the University of Iowa Museum to Open at the Figge Art Museum

Ten Curators in the Running for a Share in 75,000 Pound Prize for Contemporary Craft at Collect 2009

Design Plans for British Museum's New Development Revealed

Development Team of Boston Museum Bids on New Downtown Site

Sotheby's Spring Sale of Russian Art in New York will be Held on April 22

Gandhara: Pakistan's Buddhist Legacy, Legends, Monasteries and Edens Opens at Martin Gropius Bau

Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed Perform Together May 1 in Benefit Concert to Support the ICA/Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to Lend Gauguin Masterwork to Sister Museum in Nagoya, Japan

Nassau County Museum of Art Announces Exhibition of Opulent Splendor of France's Second Empire

Sprawling Multipart Project by Artist Angelo Plessas Opens at Jeu de Paume

Barceló's Sea: In the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilisations Room of the UN in Geneva

Royal Collection Announces a Special Exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

Photographs of Frida Kahlo to be Featured in Exhibition at Albright-Knox

KC Artists Focus of Exhibition Interchange on View at Kemper Museum's Kemper East

The Miniature Worlds of Bruce Metcalf to Open at Bellevue Arts Museum this Summer

The Heckscher Museum of Art Presents the Luminous Landscapes of April Gornik

Discover Toronto for Free with ROMwalks

The Art of Floral Arranging Takes Center Stage at Detroit Institute of Arts

New Currents in Contemporary: UNC-Chapel Hill Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

April 8, 2009

Filmmaker Ángeles González-Sinde Appointed New Minister of Culture in Spain

Grand Palais Opens Exhibition of Paintings by Artists Fascinated by Optical Illusions and Visual Puzzles

British Museum to Examine the Semi-mythical Status of Moctezuma and his Legacy Today in Exhibition

Indianapolis Museum of Art Launches ArtBabble.org, A First-of-its-kind Website Dedicated to Art Video

A Constable, a Broom Closet Find, and a Missing Heir at Bonhams 19th Century Picture Sale

The J. Paul Getty Museum will Return a 1st Century Roman Fresco to Italy in May 2009

The Morgan Receives Important Gift of Forty Drawings from Artist Jim Dine

2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial Opens in Maine

Agathe Snow "Views From the Top, Vertigo and Constellations" on View at Jeu de Paume

MoMA Presents a 22-Film Retrospective of the French Director and Screenwriter Julien Duvivier

Francisco Sebastián Nicolau, One of the Most Remarkable Representatives of Realism, Exhibits at IVAM

Seamus Heaney's 70th Birthday to be Celebrated by Special Exhibition at Irish Museum of Modern Art

N.C. Museum of Art Expansion Project One Year from Grand Opening

Major Installations by Mark Dion and Micha Ullman at Israel Museum

"Universal Dimensions: The Space Art of Wang Ming" on Display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Whitney to Present Selection of Early Sculptures and Drawings by Oldenburg and van Bruggen

New Photography Exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society Document the Architectural Landmarks of New York City

47 Galleries to Participate in Madridfoto, from May 7th to May 10th

The Heckscher Museum of Art Presents Le Nuit des Musees...the Night of Museums on May 16

Hyde Partners with Forty Organizations for Region-wide Season of Degas

April 7, 2009

Pompidou Offers Comprehensive Overview of the Work of Russian Artist Wassily Kandinsky

Important Works by Tamara de Lempicka From the Collection of Wolfgang Joop to be Sold at Sotheby's

Whitechapel Gallery Unveiled its Ambitious Expansion Following a 13.5 Million Capital Campaign

The Art of the Heist: Confessions of a Master Art Thief, Rock-and-Roller, and Prodigal Son

Christie's to Offer L.S. Lowry's 1935 Classic a Market Place, Berwick-upon-Tweed in May 2009

Jeu de Paume Confronts the Works of Harun Farocki and Rodney Graham in Exhibition

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Announces Exhibition by British Photographer Fiona Crisp

Contemporary Asian Art at Sotheby's Hong Kong Brings US$8.5 Million

Martin-Gropius Bau Dedicates Exhibition to One of Germany's Most Significant Photographers

Art Basel Announces Solo Shows by 27 Young Artists as Part of its Art Statements Sector

MoMA Marks 30 Years of Celebrating Contemporary German Cinema with Kino! at Thirty: New Cinema from Germany

A Fragment of a Hebrew Inscription from the Period of the Kings of Judah was Found

Opportunity for Discussions on Ways to Apply Architectural Skills to the Particular Needs of Individual Communities

80 Major Contemporary Works from Dallas Collections Juxtaposed in Intimate, Unexpected Groupings in Private Universes

Vancouver Art Gallery Only North American Museum to Present Exhibition by Renowned Photographer Andreas Gursky

Museum of Fine Arts in Houston Premieres Landmark Exhibition of Two Thousand Years of Vietnamese Art

Immobilité: A New Work by Mark Amerika, Considered the First-ever Feature-Length Mobile Phone Art Film

Queen's Former Expert Entertains At The Bowes Museum

National Museum of the American Indian Awarded Accreditation by the American Association of Museums

Bob Trotman: Business As Usual Takes on Corporate Culture

Exhibition Explores Imagery and Function of Puppets

April 6, 2009

Urbino's Most Illustrious Son, Raphael, Honored with Exhibition in his Hometown in Italy

Smithsonian Exhibits Six Architectural Models in Design Competition for New Museum

The Middelheim Museum to Play Host to Pioneering Artist Chris Burden

A Woman with a Camera: Liselotte Grschebina Opens at Martin-Gropius Bau

Magnetic Landscape: An Exhibition of Contemporary Video Art on View at the Columbus Museum

Opportunity Resources Inc. Announces Search for Executive Director of The C.M. Russell Museum

La Casa Encendida Presents the Exhibition Portraits of New York: Photographs from the MoMA

Water Spirit is Focus of National Museum of African Art Exhibition

Palazzo dei Diamanti Opens Morandi: the Art of the Etching

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art Presents Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture

Western Art Expert Spotlights American Masterpieces for Tyler Museum of Art's Spring Lecture Series

Exhibition Gives a Fascinating Insight into the Family Life of Emily Tinne

In Advance of the Upcoming Sale Villa Grisebach Shows Mies van der Rohe and Photography

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Opens First European Museum Solo Exhibition for Jorge Pardo

Walker Art Gallery Announces Compelling Exhibition by Celebrated Women Artists

Gwen John and Auguste Rodin's Relationship Uncovered through New Art Display at National Museum Cardiff

Sotheby's to Sell Giorgio Soavi's Collection - Friend of Giacometti, Balthus, Sutherland and Alechinsky

A Pier from the Hellenistic Period was Discovered in Akko

Brooklyn Museum Announces Exhibition of a New Generation of Feminist Video Artists

High Presents Tenth Annual French Film Yesterday and Today

April 5, 2009

Eiffel Tower, Symbol of France, Celebrates its 120th Anniversary with Makeover

MoMA Opens First Museum Exhibition to Explore the Work of Leon Ferrari and Mira Schendel

Ric Ocasek's Noise Colored Party on View at the Mahan Gallery in Columbus

New Site Transports Museum Collections Directly to Visitors' Homes and Educators' Classrooms

First Major Institutional Exhibition Outside of Great Britain by Lucy Skaer at Kunsthalle Basel

Irish Art Masterpieces For Sale at Sotheby's London in May

Art Fair Tokyo Returns to Tokyo International Forum with 143 Galleries, Both Domestic and International

Discover the Works in the National Gallery Canada Collection through Previously Unpublished Articles

The Darker Side of Light: Arts of Privacy, 1850-1900 on View at the Hammer Museum

Designs for 193M Pound New Library of Birmingham Unveiled

Museum Presents an Exhibition of Outdoor Furniture by Designer Richard Schultz

Exhibition by Painter Rosson Crow Features Large-scale, Vivid Depictions of Nostalgia-laden Interiors

$3.1 Million Grant will Pave Way for Canal/Boat Museum

NEA, AU and U.S. Department of State Announce NEA International Arts Journalism Institute in the Visual Arts

Georgia Museum of Art to Organize The South in Black and White: The Works of James E. Routh Jr., 1939-1946

Sweets & Treats: Wayne Thiebaud in the Collection of the Norton Simon Museum Announced

"Monuments in Peril: Venice" Round-Table Discussion at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on April 16

Author Susan Sully to Speak at New Orleans Museum of Art on April 26

Jack and Suzy Welch Discuss a Life-Transforming Approach to Decision Making at the Smithsonian

Seen But Not Heard: Paintings by Margarete Hahner to Open at L.A. Valley College Art Gallery

April 4, 2009

Baroque 1620 - 1800: Style In The Age of Magnificence Opens at Victoria & Albert Museum

Artist Yoko Ono Unveils "Promised Piece" to Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

SFMOMA Announces Planning Phase for New Wing to Double Gallery Space

Picasso Portrait from the Collection of Julian Schnabel Highlights Christies Impressionist Sale

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Cuts Staff, Salaries, Budget and will Reasses Exhibition Schedule

National Gallery of Art Acquires Seminal Painting by Norman Lewis

Art Gallery of Ontario Remix Exhibition Redefines the 21st-century Indian Artist

Collection of Prints and Drawings: Jakob S. Boeskov: Siggimund at Statens Museum for Kunst

Indianapolis Museum of Art Presents Fashion in Bloom in the Paul Fashion Arts Gallery

Art of India Past and Present Opens at Peabody Essex Museum

Flying Goldfish Feature in I Wish I Am Fish, a New Performance by Artist Paola Pivi

VMFA Acquires "Spectacular" Picture Scroll From India and 1888 Oil Portrait by "Best Woman Painter in History"

Old Meets New in Photography Exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum

Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges

"Just A Moment, Please," A New L.A.-Based Public Art Project By Amely Spoetzl Presented By ArtLab21

Frank Gehry Selected to Design Eisenhower National Memorial

Film Director Mike Figgis and Tate Liverpool Work Together on Film Project

Bernard Plossu. The Land of Landscapes

British Artist Susan Collins at De La Warr Pavillion

Fake or Faint Exhibition Project Presents Amy Granat, Annja Krautgasser and Katrin Mayer

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2.- An ancient money box containing a large rare hoard of coins found in Israel

3.- Robin Williams' portrait installed today at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington

4.- The Baltimore Museum of Art announces three new contemporary exhibitions in fall

5.- New Aspen Art Museum designed by architect Shigeru Ban opens to the public

6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art launches 82nd & Fifth app in 12 languages

7.- MoMA online-only publication features new research on Pablo Picasso and Cubism

8.- Volunteers needed for massive Smithsonian digitization project

9.- Tate Britain welcomes home John Everett Millais's Ophelia and Rossetti’s The Beloved

10.- Bogart estate: Hollywood golden age icon Lauren Bacall dead at 89 in New York

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