16 Mar 2018 - 11 Jun 2018

Biennale of Sydney 2018

The 21st Biennale of Sydney runs 16 March - 11 June 2018, with 70 international artists presenting works across seven of Sydney's most respected museums, galleries and non-traditional exhibition spaces, on the theme: SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement.

2018 marks the 45th anniversary of the Biennale of Sydney and its 21st edition.

The Biennale provides a platform for art and ideas and is recognised for commissioning and presenting innovative, thought-provoking art from Australia and around the globe. A leading international art event, The Biennale of Sydney has showcased the work of nearly 1,800 artists from more than 100 countries. It has attracted over 4 million visitors since its inception in 1973 and holds an important place on both the national and international stage.

Mami Kataoka, Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney

Internationally renowned curator Mami Kataoka is a key figure in analysing socio-historical and generational trends, particularly in the context of Japanese and Asian art, and frequently writes and lectures on contemporary art in Asia.

She has held the position of Chief Curator of the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo since 2009, and Senior Curator since 2003. 

Keynote: Ai Weiwei in conversation with Mami Kataoka


To mark the opening of the Biennale, Ai Weiwei appears in conversation with Artistic Director Mami Kataoka in a personal and political discussion that charts changes in the artist’s work since he left China, and his current engagement with the issue of global forced migration through his artworks and films. Presented in partnership with Sydney Opera House.

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