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  • Biennale de Lyon

    Biennale de Lyon
    Multiple venues
    September 19 - January 6

    Curated by Stéphanie Moisdon and Hans-Ulrich Obrist

    Past Lyon Biennales have frequently felt like think tanks devoted to how biennials might best operate—a trend this ninth edition, titled “The 00s: The History of a Decade That Has Not Been Named,” looks likely to continue. Promising “a history and geography manual in the form of a gam,” the curators have asked international art-world players to give form to this period: Some forty curators and critics each have selected an artist who best represents it (included are Ryan Gander, Mai-Thu Perret, and Thomas Bayrle); meanwhile, about twenty artists will design, in various media, a system or “set of strategies” to define this decade in progress. If the resultant sixty-five works don’t inspire a better name for our slippery era than the “noughties,” they should at least provide us a constructive vantage on its art.