More than 30 years after its inception in 1991, the Lyon Biennale is established as the premier contemporary-art event in France and a highlight in the global calendar of the discipline’s biggest occasions.
Conceived by curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath as a “manifesto of fragility”, the Biennale positions fragility at the heart of a generative form of resistance that is emboldened by the past, responsive to the present, and primed for the future.
manifesto of fragility is structured along two distinct axes that function as complimentary conduits for the Biennale’s consideration of fragility. A vertical, temporal line will deliver more than 100 historical artworks and objects spanning two millennia on loan from several diverse collections in Lyon and abroad. A horizontal, geographical line carries the contributions of more than 80 contemporary artists from 39 countries engaging with the topic of fragility in a wide range of artistic practices.
The Biennale posits a point of intersection between the two axes to initiate a focused exploration of fragility within the context of the dazzling yet tumultuous 1960s era of Beirut’s so-called Golden Age, featuring 230 artworks by 34 artists and more than 300 archival documents from nearly 40 collections worldwide. This section of the Biennale acquires added poignance in Lyon, given the city’s historical entanglements with Beirut centred around the 19th century silk trade, and the establishment of the French Mandate in 1920.
The entire Biennale program: labiennaledelyon.com
1 ticket = 6 exhibition's venues
The entry ticket gives one-time access to all the exhibition venues included in the Biennale de Lyon. It is valid for the duration of the exhibition, from Sept. 14 to Dec. 31. 2022.
Full: 20€ on site, 18€ online
Concessions: 12€ on site, 10€ online
Free for under 15. See details of reductions and free admission here. Possibility to take a permanent pass.
Opening of the online ticket office from August 29, 2022.
On site, the ticket office closes one hour before the closing of the exhibitions.
In macLYON :
Tuesday - Friday: 11am - 6pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 7pm
Close at 5pm on 24th & 31st December
Closed on 25 December
Professional preview (on accréditation only):
Monday 12 & Tuesday 13th September: 10am-7pm
The 6 venues of the Biennale: Usines Fagor, macLYON, Musée Guimet, IAC - Institut d'Art Contemporain - Villeurbanne, Musée d'Histoire de Lyon - Gadagne, Lugdunum - Musée & Théâtres romains.
The Biennale in macLYON :
Presented on the first floor of the macLYON, the exhibition The many lives and deaths of Louise Brunet brings together several hundred works of art, objects and archival documents, covering diverse geographies over several millenia. From Cranach to 1960s industrial design, and ancient funerary stele to 18th century Japanese Samurai armor, the exhibition draws on the collections of local and foreign institutions such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lugdunum – Musée et Théâtres romains et Musées Gadagne – Histoire de Lyon - Marionnettes du Monde in Lyon and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden. It exhumes trans-historcial narratives of fragility and resistance and confronts them with a diversity of works by the biennale’s invited artists.
At the macLYON Beirut and the Golden Sixties presents a pivotal moment in modern history from the vantage point of an ongoing crisis, highlighting the entanglement of past and present cycles of fragility and resistance. With more than 230 artworks by 34 artists and 300 archival materials from more than 40 collectors, this part of the 16th Lyon Biennale introduces fresh perspectives on a pivotal period in the history of Beirut, a city that is still burdened by the weight of its irreconcilable ambitions.
Beirut and the Golden Sixties: A Manifesto of Fragility is curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath. The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Gropius Bau, Berlin.