This September marked the start of the 13th Biennale de Lyon. It is definitely “une biennale XXL” as there are 200 events in more than 150 venues, with some exhibitions on until the end of the year. There is a lot of work that I have still yet to see (I am particularly looking forward to the exhibition of Anish Kapoor chez Le Corbusier). Lucky for me, I was able to attend the professional preview on September 9th at La Sucrière. Below are just a few of the works I found particularly noteworthy from the Biennale so far- from La Sucrière, MAC de Lyon, and IAC Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes.
From MAC de Lyon:
First, let me start with my favorite work from the entire shebang. You'd think a film combining 3D technology, drones, and intense color would not result in anything even bordering on greatness. Cyprien Gaillard would kindly like to show you the door. His film, Nightlife, is unrelentingly beautiful. As the viewer I was completely, helplessly, absorbed by watching swaying trees as I have never truly seen them before (among other imagery), all while excellently paired with music by Alton Ellis.
Here are two works by Johannes Kahrs, whose delicate, painterly qualities I really appreciate.
And a few other works I like from the MAC:
From La Sucrière:
From IAC Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes:
I loved the work by Anastasis Stratakis; the seemingly blank white paper from far away reveals small, delicate marks the closer you get to it.
And a few Other works I liked from IAC:
This last piece is a work depicting a sand storm- inside the glass box is layers of sand and several fans spinning everything around. This piece (like so many from the biennale) is very difficult to capture in photography, and I recommend seeing it in person.