Liverpool Biennial 2018 Beautiful world, where are you?

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14 July – 28 October


Liverpool Biennial is the UK biennial of contemporary art.

In 2018, Liverpool Biennial will celebrate 20 years of presenting international art in the city and the region. It is also part of Liverpool 2018, a year-long plan that showcases the city’s culture and creativity a 10 years on from our year as European Capital of Culture.

This years’ impression; ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You?’ invites other artists and audiences to contemplate on a world of social, political and economic upheaval with exhibitions and events across the city, and all for free.

Taking place across the city in public spaces, galleries, museums and online, over 15 weeks, Liverpool Biennial has asked more than 40 artists from across the globe to make and present commissioned work in the milieu of Liverpool.

The designation for ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You?’ comes from a piece of work written by the poet, Friedrich Schiller in 1788 and set to music by composer Franz Schubert in 1819. The intervening years between the composition of Schiller’s poem and Schubert’s song saw enormous social and political turmoil and profound change in Europe, witnessing the Revolutions in France to the fall of the empire create by Napoleon. The poem can be seen as a lament and as an invitation to re-examine the past, proposing a new sense of beauty that could be shared more equitably.

‘Beautiful World, Where Are You?’ is presented in venues across Liverpool including public spaces, civic buildings and the city’s art locations: Blackburne House, Bluecoat, FACT, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool John Moores University’s Exhibition Research Lab, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, the Oratory, the Playhouse theatre, and many more.

As part of Liverpool Biennial 2018 are our partner exhibitions; John Moores Painting Prize 2018 at the Walker Art Gallery, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 at Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Art and Design, This is Shanghai and the Biennial Fringe.

Curated by Kitty Scott (Carol and Morton Rapp Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario) and Sally Tallant (Director, Liverpool Biennial) with the Liverpool Biennial team.

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