Learning from the Lyon Biennale experience – a conversation with Thierry Raspail and Gunnar B. Kvara

  • From: March 19, 2013 at 5:30pm     To: March 19, 2013 at 8:00pm
Learning from the Lyon Biennale experience – a conversation with Thierry Raspail and Gunnar B. Kvara

Venue: Iziko South African National Gallery

The Iziko South African National Gallery is proud to host a discussion with founder and Artistic Director of the Lyon Biennale, Thierry Raspail, and curator of the 2013 Lyon Biennale, Gunnar B. Kvaran. This will be of particular interest in light of the short history of biennales in South Africa, while the rest of the continent boasts several biennales that have been sustained through the years viz. Rencontres de Bamako (Mali), Dak’Art (Senegal), Cairo Biennale (Egypt) and more recently Doual’art (Cameroon), Benin and Lubumbashi (DRC).

Please join us in this conversation, where Thierry Raspail and Gunnar B. Kvaran will talk about their behind the scenes experiences and future possibilities regarding the Lyon Biennale.

Thierry Raspail is an art historian who began his career as curator at the Museum of Grenoble. He has been the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon since its founding in 1984, when he originated a project for “a representative collection of works, often on a monumental scale”. In 1991 Raspail created the Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art and has been its Artistic Director ever since.

Gunnar B. Kvaran has been the Director of the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo since 2001, and was curator of the Iceland pavilion at the Venice Biennale on four occasions. He has curated and organized such exhibitions as Yoko Ono’s first retrospective and a retrospective by Jeff Koons, amongst others. He was the organiser of China Power Station and co-curator of the Second Moscow Biennial, and Indian Highway in 2009. Kvaran has been appointed the curator of the Lyon Biennale in 2013.

RSVP to Shameem Adams on sadams@iziko.org.za Tel: 481 374

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