Liverpool Biennial 2014

The 2014 Biennial Exhibition, A Needle Walks into a Haystack, is curated by Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman and will take place in seven venues: including the historic Trade Union Centre on Hardman Street, Tate Liverpool, the Bluecoat, FACT, and in the public realm.

The programme of Liverpool Biennial 2014, takes place from 5 July – 26 October 2014, at venues across Liverpool.  

A highlight of the opening weekend is a major concert at Liverpool Cathedral on the evening of Saturday 5 July of a specially composed new work by Michael Nyman, Symphony No 11: Hillsborough Memorial. The piece will be performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with Liverpool-born mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth and Training Choirs, conducted by Josep Vicent.

Other Biennial highlights, include: 

·     A transformation of Tate Liverpool’s Wolfson Gallery by the legendary French architect, Claude Parent, one of the avant-garde’s most revered and radical figures. 

·     An exhibition devoted to James McNeill Whistler at the Bluecoat including a recreation of Whistler’s Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room, commissioned by the Liverpool-based ship owner F.R. Leyland.

·     The first solo show in the UK of American artist and filmmaker, Sharon Lockhart, at FACT.

·     The takeover of an apartment in Liverpool for a series of screenings and conversations around the work of experimental Belgian TV director, Jef Cornelis, exploring the relationship between television and art, documentary and artist films.

Also as part of A Needle Walks into a Haystack there will be an ambitious programme of talks, screenings and other events throughout the Biennial period. Over the weekend of 19-21 September, a programme of performances titled The Companion will take place, which will mirror and reflect on various times of the day: artists appear in cafés during breakfast, at bus stops during the morning commute, in a pharmacy during an afternoon errand, or in a theatre right after dinner.

In parallel to the Biennial Exhibition, the Biennial will also present a co-commission with Tate Liverpool and 14-18 NOW, the official cultural programme for the First World War Centenary Commemorations. Venezuelan artist, Carlos Cruz-Diez, will paint a version of a ‘Dazzle Ship’, in partnership with National Museums Liverpool. The Edmund Gardner vessel, conserved in Merseyside Maritime Museum, will be ‘dazzled’ in dry dock adjacent to Albert Dock Liverpool.

Also featured as part of Liverpool Biennial 2014 are the John Moores Painting Prize, Bloomberg New Contemporaries and exhibitions at Open Eye Gallery and the Exhibition Research Centre at Liverpool John Moores University. In addition, there will be work by artists and curators in solo and group shows and performances throughout the city, ranging from the artist-run space The Royal Standard to the Walker Art Gallery.

The diverse programme runs until 26 October and all events and exhibitions are free of charge.

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