Join Sue Gardiner on her pilgrimage to the 21st Biennale of Sydney. Spend time during April 2018 visiting all the key venues including the industrial yet magnificent Cockatoo Island, the MCA and the Art Gallery of New South Wales and more. Always an action packed few days of amazing and challenging art and vibrant and engaging conversation.
SUPERPOSITION: Art of Equilibrium and Engagement
The 21st Biennale of Sydney title adopts the quantum mechanical term ‘superposition’ which, in quantum theory, refers to the ability of electrons to occupy multiple states at once; to simultaneously take opposing paths and end up in different places. It is only with the application of measurement that matter is reduced to a single definition. The 21st edition will draw on this concept as a metaphor to link the notions of equilibrium and engagement and provide us with insights into the world today. We are surrounded by conflicting ideas across all levels of humanity: different cultures; readings of nature and the universe; political ideologies and systems of government; interpretations of human history, including the history of art and definitions of contemporary art.
Correspondingly, according to the theory of ‘Wuxing’ in ancient Chinese natural philosophy, everything in this world is comprised of five main elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each element gives rise to the next—either through a process of symbiosis where one element encourages the formation of the others in a circulatory system, or, a situation of mutual conflict and antagonism, in which each element resists and suppresses the others. In reality, diverse elements come together in a state of repeated collision, collapse, and rebirth.
The participating artists in the 21st Biennale of Sydney, drawn from around the globe, have been chosen to offer a panoramic view of how opposing understandings and interpretations can come together in a state of equilibrium.
Guide: Sue Gardiner
Tour Dates: 13 – 16 April – 3 Nights/4 Days
*Flights on Air New Zealand in “The Works”
*3 Nights accommodation at the Sofitel Wentworth,
*All transfers between venues and galleries as required and visits to the Biennale venues including The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Cockatoo Island, the MCA and Carriageworks.
Cost: $2439 per person twinshare and $500 single supplement
Depart Air NZ at 9.00am, arriving Sydney at 10.30am.
Today we depart to Sydney and transfer to our hotel. We will make our first Biennale visit to Artspace in Woolloomooloo. From there we will wander up to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and visit the Kaldor wing as well as all the essential Biennale works.
Today we visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, Carriageworks and nearby dealer galleries.
Today we will spend the day at the Cockatoo Island. An easy walk from the hotel to Circular Quay, and a thirty minute ferry ride will have us arrive at this historic site for the day. Lunch places are available. You will be required to navigate stairs and walkways here. 3
We will have time for one extra visit and some free time before heading to the airport for our late afternoon flight home.
*Itinerary subject to change