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Have Art, Will Travel: Exhibitions to Visit in 2018


Have Art, Will Travel: Exhibitions to Visit in 2018
Zai Kuning’s Dapunta Hyang: Transmission of Knowledge in the Singapore Pavilion during the last Venice Biennale. Image Courtesy of ArtNews.


No less spectacular than the conglomeration of blockbuster art exhibitions in 2017, brace yourselves as we are in for a very busy year ahead with major art exhibitions and events to visit all around the world!

Art lovers will be thrilled to find at least twenty-five art biennales scheduled to happen at all four corners of the globe this year with an exciting selection of new biennials. Well spread out throughout the year, art world denizens might find themselves travelling every month to catch up with everything that is going on.

Read on to discover some of the key art exhibitions of 2018!


Dhaka Art Summit

Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Dhaka University Library (#1), commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation for DAS 2018.
Image courtesy of the artists, Samdani Art Foundation, and Nature Morte.

Dates: 2 - 10 February, 2018

Theme: Looking to Bangladesh in relation to both South and Southeast Asia, focusing on lesser known histories of Sri Lanka and cultures in the region and for the first time, an engagement with Iran and Turkey.

Director: Nadia Samdani

Participants: Rasheed Araeen, Sheela Gowda, Zhihan Karim, Htein Lin, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Randhir SIngh, Seher Shah and more.


Gangwon International Biennale

Han Sai Por, Black Forest 2016, 2016. Wood & Charcoal. Dimensions variable. Image Courtesy  of the artist.


Dates: 3 February - 18 March 2018

Theme: The Dictionary of Evil

Director: Hong Kyoungha

Participants: Han Sai Por, D Hwang, Kim Si Ha, Jun Hyoung San, Sim Seung Wook, Lee Wan, Chang Jia, Choi Sun and more.


Biennale of Sydney

Installation view of Ai Wei Wei, Law of the Journey, (2017).
Image Courtesy of the artist and Narodni Gallery Prague.

Dates: 16 March - 11 June 2018

Theme: SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium and Engagement will examine the state of ‘superposition’ by examining how it might operate in the world today.

Director: Jo-Anne Birnie-Danzker

Participants: Ai Weiwei, Chen Shaoxiong, Tiffany Chung, Geng Xue, Chia-Wei Hsu, Prabhavathi Meppayil, Trinh Thi Nguyen, Tawatchai Puntusawasdi. Koji Ryui, Akira Takayama and more.


New Museum Triennial

New Museum’s 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience. Installation view of Beijing-based artist Guan Xiao’s mixed medium installation “The Documentary: Geocentric Puncture” (2012).
Image courtesy of the artist & New Museum.

Dates: 13 - 27 May 2018

Theme: Songs For Sabotage - Questions how individuals and collectives around the world might effectively address the connection of images and culture to the forces that structure our society.

Director: Alex Gartenfeld

Participants: Clan Dayrit, Wong Ping, Song Ta, Shen Xin and more.


Manifesta 12

Installation view of Manifesta 09.
Photo by Oliver.

Dates: 16 June - 4 November 2018

Theme: The Planetary Garden: Cultivating Coexistence

Director: Hedwig Fijen

Participants: To Be Released


10th Berlin Biennale

The curatorial team of the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (from far left) Thiago de Paula Souza, Gabi Ngcobo, Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, Yvette Mutumba and Moses Serubiri. Photo: F. Anthea Schaap.
Image courtesy of the 10th Berlin Biennale.

Dates: 9 June - 9 September 2018

Theme: We don’t need another hero - A conversation with artists and contributors who think and act beyond art as they confront the incessant anxieties perpetuated by a willful disregard for complex subjectivities.

Director: Gabriele Horn

Participants: To Be Released


Gwangju Biennale

Seulgi Lee, 'U' and 'Clamour', Gwangju Biennale 2014, Photo by: Stefan Altenburger.

Dates: 7 September - 11 November 2018

Theme: Imagined Borders - A discussion of a contemporary phenomenon in depth, wherein national and geopolitical borders are being reorganized after globalization.

Director: Maria Lind

Participants: To Be Released


2nd Yinchuan Biennale

Yinchuan Biennale. Image Courtesy of Yinchuan Biennale.

Dates: 9 June - 19 September 2018

Theme: To Be Released

Director: Marco Scotini

Participants: To Be Released


Bangkok Art Biennale

Artistic director of BAB 2018 Professor Apinan Poshyananda and Chinese-French artist Huang Yong Ping visits Wat Arun where the artist will create new installation to display at Wat Pho.
Image courtesy of the Bangkok Art Biennale.


Dates: November 2018 - February 2019

Theme: Beyond Bliss - Featuring interpretations of joy and happiness, but also touching on socio-political and environmental issues that can lead to a distinct lack of bliss.

Director: Prof. Dr Apinan Poshyananda

Participants: Art Labor, Chumpon Apisuk, Choi Jeong Hwa, Heri Dono, Ho Tzu Nyen, Huang Yong Ping, Sakrin Krue-On, Yoshitomo Nara and more.


Taipei Biennial

Jr-Shin Luo's Terrarium: “Ong Lai,” “Bird’s Nests,” “Moss Balls," 2014 as part of the 2014 Taipei Biennial.
Image courtesy of TFAM.

Dates: 17 November - 3 October 2019

Theme: Ecosystem

Director: Mali Wu and Francesco Manacorda

Participants: To Be Released


12th Shanghai Biennale

Wang Haichuan, Seven Days, 2013, installation view.
Image Courtesy: Power Station of Art, Shanghai.

Dates: 10 November 2018 - 10 March 2019

Theme: Proregress —— Art in an Age of Historical Ambivalence

Director: Cuauhtemoc Medina

Participants: Aki Sasamoto, Chen Zhe, Christine Sun Kim, Hao Jingban, Hu Xiangqian, Lee Mingwei and more.


Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Madhusudhanan, Logic of Disappearance, installation view Aspinwall House, Kochi-Muziris Biennale. 
Image Courtesy Kochi-Muziris Biennale.


Dates: 12 December 2018 - 29 March 2019

Theme: To Be Released

Director: Anita Dube

Participants: Nikima Sheika and more.

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