Biennale of Sydney

Ten Thousand Suns

9 march–1O june 2O24

 

24th
Biennale
of
Sydney

The 24th Biennale of Sydney, titled Ten Thousand Suns, ignited its transformative power of art across six iconic Sydney locations.

This extraordinary exhibition showcased the visionary creations of leading artists from diverse corners of the globe, all within the hallowed halls of Sydney’s most iconic cultural institutions. Best of all, entry to this cultural extravaganza was free, making it an unmissable opportunity for art enthusiasts and curious minds alike.

Visitors witnessed the rebirth of history as the heritage-listed White Bay Power Station, a relic of the early 20th century and once a bustling coal power station, opened its doors to the public for the first time in over a century. Ten Thousand Suns breathed new life into this architectural gem, transforming it into a canvas for contemporary expression.

As the sun set on Sydney, visitors can view ‘Badu Gili: Celestial’, a radiant display illuminating the Eastern Bennelong Sails of the Sydney Opera House. This nightly projection, throughout 2024, offered a magical experience that seamlessly blended art with the city’s skyline, inviting exploration of the rich storylines of First Nations’ ancient celestial navigation practices.

Attendees immersed themselves in the richness of Sydney’s art culture with a plethora of offerings, including artist talks, live music, panels, performances, and workshops. Family Days catered to all ages, providing a day filled with engaging programming for the young ones. For those seeking an atmospheric evening, Art After Dark at White Bay Power Station every Wednesday promised an alluring ambiance amidst captivating artworks.

The 24th Biennale of Sydney invited visitors to indulge their senses and too park on a transcendent journey through the boundless world of contemporary art.

The 24th Biennale of Sydney is now closed.


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Gallery

Family Day

Art After Dark curated by Phoenix Central Park

EDGE Festival


White Bay Power Station

The NSW State Heritage-listed White Bay Power Station will now bring new energy to Sydney and Australia as it has opened its doors to the public for the 2024 Biennale of Sydney on 9 March 2024.

Placemaking NSW has undertaken extensive remediation and conservation works to repurpose the site as an arts, cultural and community hub.

White Bay Power Station has become a focal point for the transformation of the Bays West precinct into a connected and vibrant new area for living, working and recreation.

 


Artistic directors

Cosmin Costinaş and Inti Guerrero

 

Cosmin Costinaş is currently Senior Curator of Exhibition Practices at HKW-The House of World Cultures, Berlin. He was co-Curator of the Romanian Pavilion for the 59th Venice Biennale (2022). He was the Executive Director and Curator of Para Site, Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art centre and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. During his 11 year tenure (2011-2022) he oversaw the institution’s major expansion and relocation, having curated numerous exhibitions including Garden of Six Seasons and A beast, a god, and a line. He was recently Artistic Director of Kathmandu Triennale 2022, the fourth edition of Nepal’s premier international platform for global contemporary arts. Costinaș is a Curatorial Adviser at the Aichi Triennale (2022). He was Guest Curator at the Dhaka Art  Summit ’18 (2018), Co-curator of the 10th Shanghai Biennale (2014), curator of BAK, Utrecht (2008-2011), Co-curator of the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinburg (2010) and Editor of documenta 12 Magazines, documenta 12, Kassel (2005–2007).

Inti Guerrero is currently tutor of the Curatorial Studies programme at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts-KASK, Ghent. He was the Artistic Director of bap—bellas artes projects, Manila (2018-2022), Curator of the 38th EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick (2018), Artistic Director of TEOR/éTica, San Jose (2011-2014) and the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator at Tate, London (2016-2020). In 2016, Guerrero was the inaugural curator in residence of the International Visiting Curators Program by Artspace and  UNSW Art & Design, Sydney. As an independent curator, Guerrero has curated exhibitions across Asia,  Europe and Latin America, including Institute for Tropical and Galactical Studies in the Yokohama Triennale 2020, A Chronicle of Interventions, Tate Modern, London (2014) and A Transatlantic Affair: Josephine Baker and Le Corbusier, Museum of Art of Rio-MAR in Rio de Janeiro (2014). He has edited and contributed his writing to numerous books, magazines, and exhibition catalogues and has taught and lectured at different universities, art academies, and institutions across the world.

Tony Albert has arms crossed, with his back leaning against the wall. He is smiling and appears to be relaxed. He is wearing a pink and blue button up shirt.

Tony Albert

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain First Nations Curatorial Fellow

portrait of Vivian Ziherl

Vivian Ziherl

Curatorial Advisor


Artists

Exhibiting