“Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon”

Fluid aesthetics

The fourteenth edition of the Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon calls on our senses to redefine the notion of modernity. With curator Emma Lavigne in charge, the event unfolds like a vast flowing music score, both for the ears and the eyes. A dive into the heart of “Floating Worlds”… The poetic title of the new edition of the Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon – borrowed from the Japanese artistic movement ukiyo-e, literally “images of the floating world” – offers a perfect illustration of the gliding feel which characterises this second episode in the trilogy of biennials from 2015 to 2019, whose overall theme, “Moderne”, was chosen by the event’s artistic director, Thierry Raspail. Emma Lavigne, director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz invites us to discover a shifting universe in which liquid vies with the solid, in which flows, the invisible and impermanency furtively take form – to encourage a broadened and connected grasp of our world. After the “Modern Life” event conceived by Ralph Rugoff in 2015, “Floating Worlds” – imagined by one of the most sought-after French curators at the moment – is mooring at La Sucrière and the MAC de Lyon until January 2018. Between the ebb and flow of the Rhône and Saône Rivers in Lyon, some 70 international artists are offering sound and visual installations that stage the choreography of “objects of experience” – in the words of Thierry Raspail –, as the random movements of the elements, light, air and energy, blend with the architecture and space of the various sites, along with occasional interventions from the public. In Lyon, rich dialogues between historic pieces in the Centre Pompidou’s collections and current works, as well as the intercultural viewpoints of the artists, sketch out afresh the “augmented” contours of modern aesthetics. An “extendable” modernity,...

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