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2000-05-26 until 2000-07-30
Biennale of Sydney
The Biennale of Sydney was created in 1973 as an international showcase for
contemporary art. Conceived, invented and financially supported by Franco Belgiorno-Nettis,
it grew out of the Transfield Art Prize for contemporary Australian art, an acquisitive
prize which reached its peak in the 1960s. It operated for about a dozen years before
Transfield decided to transform what was a local initiative into an international exhibition.
From the beginning of his association with contemporary art Belgiorno-Nettis aimed to
encourage creativity, as well as change the attitudes of Australians towards recent art. He
felt that the inventiveness in new art would energise the broader community and
encourage innovation and creativity. The Biennale of Sydney, which he modelled on the
successful Venice Biennale, was a way of opening up Australia to the world at a time
when it remained relatively unknown. His aims were to encourage communication and
dialogue as well as build links between Australia and other countries.
still from performance/installation
collection: Rubell Family Collection, Miami
photography: Karen & Damon McCarthy
See Paul McCarthy's work at: ARTSPACE
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