15th Lyon Biennale
A NEW AND EMBLEMATIC VENUE

In 2019, the Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale is moving to the 29,000 sqm space of the former Fagor factory for the first time.
This 15th edition is curated by the Palais de Tokyo, which has imagined the international exhibition as a vast landscape of uneven topography and unsettled climates.
The Lyon Biennale is viewed as one of the world’s leading contemporary art events, and this 15th edition will embrace the Lyon metro area and the entire region.
The Lyon Biennale will be held in macLYON and the 29,000 sqm post-industrial space of the former Fagor factory in the heart of the Gerland district – an exceptional site, emblematic of Lyon’s history. The factory, which operated here from 1945 until 2015, was among the last big manufacturing plants inside the city limits. In September, this vast brownfield site will host a system of political, poetic, aesthetic and environmental interactions through works by fifty or so artists of all generations and many nationalities, selected by the Palais de Tokyo’s curators.

> From 18 sept 2019 to 5 jan 2020

Art director of the Biennale de Lyon
Nomination of Isabelle Bertolotti

Art historian, trained at the University of Lyon 2 and at the École du Louvre, with a specialization in museology and contemporary art, Isabelle Bertolotti has just been appointed to the artistic direction of the Lyon Biennale and the direction of the macLyon. Previously in charge of exhibitions at macLyon since 1995, she was co-founder and artistic co-director since 2002 of Rendez-vous, an event dedicated to the emerging French and international scene at the Lyon Biennale. Since 2008, it has been organising the export of the event on stages outside Europe: Shanghai in 2008 and 2010, Cape Town in 2012, Singapore in 2015, Beijing in 2017 and Havana in 2018.
Isabelle Bertolotti is also an independent curator specialising in the emerging international scene and president of WARDA, the association of higher art and design schools in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, which manages 40 artists' studios and supports around 100 artists in exhibition and publishing projects.

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A CURATORIAL COLLECTIVE : Palais de tokyo

The Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale has entrusted the curatorship of its international exhibition to the Palais de Tokyo and its team of curators: Adélaïde Blanc, Daria de Beauvais, Yoann Gourmel, Matthieu Lelièvre, Vittoria Matarrese, Claire Moulène and Hugo Vitrani. Together they have envisioned this biennale as a vast ecosystem where artworks and artists cultivate the art of permaculture, at the intersection of landscapes be they biological (all interactions with living organisms, whether plants, animals or bacteria); economic (all interactions with resources and the appetites they entail: producing, distributing, consuming) and cosmogonic (all relations with the world’s spirit and our awareness of our place in the universe).
Around fifty artists of all generations and many nationalities, with gender parity, have been invited to make site-specific works that draw on the factory’s legacy and architecture as well as its socio-economic context.

RETRO
14TH BIENNALE DE LYON

The 14th Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale ran from 10 Sept 2015 to 3 Jan 2016.