Over 40 artists from 22 countries will present new and existing works. The city of Liverpool provides the setting with its public spaces, galleries, museums and civic buildings. As an additional strand, Worlds within worlds invites audiences to explore the rich histories and stories evoked by objects and artefacts from the city’s civic collections and architecture.
Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you? invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world in social, political and economic turmoil. The line ‘Beautiful world, where are you?’ derives from a 1788 poem by the German poet Friedrich Schiller. Today the poem continues to suggest a world gripped by deep uncertainty; a world in social, political and environmental turmoil. It can be seen as a lament but also as an invitation to reconsider our past, advancing a new sense of beauty that might be shared in a more equitable way.
Also showing as part of Liverpool Biennial 2018 are partner exhibitions John Moores Painting Prize, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 and the Biennial Fringe.
In 2018, Liverpool Biennial is celebrating 20 years of presenting international art in the city and region. It is also part of Liverpool 2018, a year-long programme that proudly showcases the city's culture and creativity a decade on from its year as European Capital of Culture.
Liverpool Biennial 2018 is curated by Kitty Scott (Carol and Morton Rapp Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario) and Sally Tallant (Director, Liverpool Biennial) with the Liverpool Biennial team.