Lyon, 5 January 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
On 31 December, the 11th edition of Biennale de Lyon closed after three months of exhibiting in four places of the city: the Sucrière, the Fondation Bullukian, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (MAC Lyon) and at the Usine T.A.S.E. This year’s theme, designed by Argentine curator Victoria Noorthoorn, was “A terrible beauty is born”. 78 artists mainly from Europe, Africa and Latin America were invited to present their creations in the 13,000 m2 available to them by the various partner institutions of the event.
Organisers revealed that over 200,000 people visited the various places of the event, which is an increase of over 21% compared to the previous edition, having attracted 165,000 visitors. Although the majority of them remain local (in the Rhône Alpes), Biennale de Lyon has attracted a younger audience as a recorded 37% of the public were under 26.
In the process, the leaders of the Biennale de Lyon announced the curator for the next edition, to be held in 2013, is Gunnar Kvaran, director of the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo. Kyaran is no stranger to the Lyon scene seeing as he was co-curator of the exhibition ”Indian Highway”, installed last year at MAC Lyon. He also served as the curator of the Icelandic pavilion at the Venice Biennale several times between 1984 and 1990, and was, more recently, the co-curator of the Moscow Biennale in 2007.