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Biennale Lyon 2017 - "Floating Worlds" continues examination of 'modernity'

Biennale Lyon 2017 - "Floating Worlds" continues examination of 'modernity'
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By Robert Hackwill
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The second of three Lyon Bienalles to explore modernity takes "Floating Worlds" as its 2017 theme

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“Floating Worlds” is the theme of the 20117 Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale, under guest curator Emma Lavigne. It is France’s most important art event, and the second in a series of three that question the concept of “modernity”.

#LaraAlmacergui will deconstruct the power relations imposed by architecture and reveal invisible structures for the #BiennaleLyonpic.twitter.com/6s7HrjpQum

— La Biennale de Lyon (@BiennaleLyon) 26 juillet 2017

“There are many ways of exploring “modernity” but there is also this Japanese concept and philosophical idea of a “floating world” which dates back to the 11th century. Its about a wise man looking at the mountains and realising that our universe will change, is finite, and unstable. Today we live in total instability,” says the Biennale’s Artistic Director Thierry Raspail.

#RivaneNeuenschwander likes people to interact with her art. For the #BiennaleLyon visitors will be able to pin on stickers to their clothes pic.twitter.com/gVmFhYx6e7

— La Biennale de Lyon (@BiennaleLyon) 7 juillet 2017

The Biennale takes place across three major venues: La Sucrière, the Museum of Modern art, (MAC Lyon), and the Contemporary Art Institute in Villeurbanne , bu there is also a host of satellite events.

Inspired by #MarcelDuchamp, mo_hrizm</a> creates installations using everyday objects & plays with gravity, magnetism & thermic variations. <a href="https://t.co/H7wy3r3uke">pic.twitter.com/H7wy3r3uke</a></p>— La Biennale de Lyon (BiennaleLyon) 29 juin 2017

The exhibition showcases the work of over 80 artists from 23 countries, alongside 20th century masterpieces by artists who were once themselves avant-garde, borrowed from the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

#Lyon#Lyon7 – Une #Biennale #2017 entre expérience et expérimentations https://t.co/6vy39EhGRqpic.twitter.com/xCaqZO0o2P

— Lyon 7 Rive Gauche (@Lyon7RiveGauche) 19 septembre 2017

“The Internet and social media have changed our world drastically – until January this Biennale shows how international artists are interpreting and commenting on our modern world,” reports euronews’ Culture Editor Wolfgang Spindler.

While waiting for the #BiennaleLyon in Sep. have a look at #EmmaLavigne’s interview for the ElephantMag</a>. <a href="https://t.co/xJI3Axc5J1">https://t.co/xJI3Axc5J1</a> <a href="https://t.co/ttO8N1srPB">pic.twitter.com/ttO8N1srPB</a></p>— La Biennale de Lyon (BiennaleLyon) 26 juin 2017

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