The Biennale of Sydney is one of the leading international contemporary art events. It plays an indispensable role in Australia’s engagement with the world, and a meaningful role in the life of the nation. The Biennale presents the most dynamic contemporary art from around the globe in venues across Sydney with exhibitions that ignite and surprise people, sparking dialogue, cultivating connections and inspiring action through meaningful, shared arts experiences.
The Biennale of Sydney amplifies the voices of artists and tell the stories of our global communities, as they drive momentum for lasting cultural change. Established in 1973, it is the third oldest biennial in the world after Venice and São Paulo and the largest exhibition of its kind in Australia. The Biennale of Sydney has commissioned and presented exceptional works of art by more than 1,900 national and international artists from more than 100 countries.
Situated along the waterways of the Gadigal and Burramattagal people, rīvus – the 23rd Biennale of Sydney – will be articulated through a series of conceptual wetlands and imagined ecosystems populated by artworks, public programs, experiments and research.
rīvus, meaning ‘stream’ in Latin, is being developed and realised by Colombian curator José Roca, Artistic Director, 23rd Biennale of Sydney, and a group of highly respected local curators.