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Adrian Paci’s piece is an installation which includes a projector and its clicking – which breaks in on the sound track – and even its light beam, which can be seen in the images: images of children who pick up fragments of mirrors before beginning to play in a pastoral setting. In Latin "Per Speculum" means "on the other side of the mirror": a mirror which in the hands of these young actors, becomes a light source, literally piercing the screen and blending its reflections into the light emerging from the projector. Thus the already complex cinematic illusion is made perfect: lush surroundings, the torment of a game that slides into panic, the tree branches on which the children perch, the fragmentation and reconstruction of images via the broken glass of the mirror – all these things help shape a meditative atmosphere imbued with the great myths and classical painting.
Adrian PACI
Per Speculum, 2006
Photos: Blaise Adilon
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The Love of Art
1991
The Love of Art
Curator: Thierry Raspail, Thierry Prat
Together They Are Changing the World
1993
Together They Are Changing the World
Curator: Marc Dachy
Interactivity, Moving Pictures, Video
1995
Interactivity, Moving Pictures, Video
Curator: Georges Rey
The Other
1997
The Other
Curator: Harald Szeemann
Sharing Exoticisms
2000
Sharing Exoticisms
Curator: Jean-Hubert Martin
Connivence
2001
Connivence
Curator: Anne Bertrand, Jean-Marc Chapoulie, Yvane Chapuis, Laurence Dreyfus, Klaus Hersche, Richard Robert and Guy Walter
It Happened Tomorrow
2003
It Happened Tomorrow
Curator: Le Consortium, Dijon (Xavier Douroux, Franck Gautherot, Eric Troncy and Anne Pontégnie, Robert Nickas)
Experiencing Duration
2005
Experiencing Duration
Curator: Nicolas Bourriaud and Jérôme Sans
The OOs: The History of a Decade That Has Not Yet Been Named
2007
The OOs: The History of a Decade That Has Not Yet Been Named
Curator: Stéphanie Moisdon and Hans Ulrich Obrist
The Spectacle of the Everyday
2009
The Spectacle of the Everyday
Curator: Hou Hanru


The Love of Art
The Love of Art

1991

The Love of Art

For its first edition, the Biennale chose to compile an inventory of art in France. Over five weeks, it drew 77,000 people from around Europe to Tony Garnier Hall.
Intensely focused on the production of exceptional work, this first Biennale showed 69 first-time exhibits by 69 artists.


Arman
Arman
The chariot, 1991
Biennale de Lyon 1991, photo Jean-Baptiste Rodde
Robert Combas
Robert Combas
Saint-Sébastien, 1991
Biennale de Lyon 1991, photo Jean-Baptiste Rodde
Erik Dietman
Erik Dietman
Sans toi la maison est chauve, 1991
Biennale de Lyon 1991, photo Jean-Baptiste Rodde
Fabrice Hybert
Fabrice Hybert
Le savon géant (le plus grand savon du monde), 1991
Biennale de Lyon 1991, photo Jean-Baptiste Rodde
Ange Leccia
Ange Leccia
Arrangement (400 globes terrestres), 1990
Biennale de Lyon 1991, photo Jean-Baptiste Rodde
Alain Séchas
Alain Séchas
Les fleurs carnivores, 1991
Biennale de Lyon 1991, photo Jean-Baptiste Rodde
Together They Are Changing the World
Together They Are Changing the World

1993

Together They Are Changing the World

Under the banner Together They Are Changing The World, around 50 artists presented major 20th-century artworks and pieces created for the event.
During this edition, the presence of painters, poets, writers and philosophers highlighted the interaction between this century's plastic-art and verbal transformations. There were 89,000 visitors.


Lawrence Weiner
Lawrence Weiner
Farine & Eau + - Sucre & Sel, « Mais peuvent-ils faire une tarte aux cerises ? », 1993
Biennale de Lyon 1993, photo Christian Ganet.
John Armleder et Olivier Mosset
John Armleder et Olivier Mosset
Rampe de skate-board, 1993
Biennale de Lyon 1993, photo Christian Ganet.
Jean-Michel Basquiat & Andy Warhol
Jean-Michel Basquiat & Andy Warhol
Vue de l’exposition Biennale de Lyon 1993, photo Christian Ganet.
Christian Boltanski
Christian Boltanski
Archives de la ville de Lyon, 1993
Biennale de Lyon 1993, photo Christian Ganet.
Allan Kaprow
Allan Kaprow
Barrières, 1993
Biennale de Lyon 1993, photo Christian Ganet.
Kurt Schwitters
Kurt Schwitters
Reconstruction du Merzbau, 1988
Biennale de Lyon 1993, photo Christian Ganet.
Interactivity, Moving Pictures, Video
Interactivity, Moving Pictures, Video

1995

Interactivity, Moving Pictures, Video

The 3rd Biennale inaugurated the new Museum of Contemporary Art, built by Renzo Piano at the heart of the Cité Internationale complex. Sixty-four artists were invited to retrace history, from the first artistic experiments on television through to interactivity. The public discovered a generation of artists who used the latest technological innovations.
More than 130,000 visitors roamed the spaces of Lyon's Convention Centre and Museum of Contemporary Art.


Vito Acconci
Vito Acconci
Virtual pleasure mask, 1993
Biennale de Lyon 1995, photo Blaise Adilon.
Vito Acconci
Vito Acconci
VD lives/TV must die, 1978
Biennale de Lyon 1995, photo Blaise Adilon.
Dumd Type, Teiji Furuhashi
Dumd Type, Teiji Furuhashi
Lovers, 1994
Biennale de Lyon 1995, photo Blaise Adilon.
Toshio Iwaï
Toshio Iwaï
Lyon Video Wall, 1995
Biennale de Lyon 1995, photo Blaise Adilon.
Nam June Paik
Nam June Paik
Lyon Video Wall, 1995
Biennale de Lyon 1995, photo Blaise Adilon.
Stelarc
Stelarc
Scanning robot, automatic third hand, 1992
Biennale de Lyon 1995, photo Blaise Adilon.
The Other
The Other

1997

The Other

The Biennale once again located to Tony Garnier Hall for two editions, and moved to summer. Through this theme, and the curatorship of Harald Szeemann, Lyon stated its desire to think in all-encompassing, multi-cultural terms.
Some 79,000 visitors discovered pieces by 88 artists.


Chris Burden
Chris Burden
The Flying Steamroller (le rouleau compresseur Volant), 1991/1996
Biennale de Lyon 1997, photo Blaise Adilon.
Katarina Fritsch
Katarina Fritsch
Rattenkönig (le roi des rats), 1993
Biennale de Lyon 1997, photo Blaise Adilon.
Richard Jackson
Richard Jackson
Painting with two balls (peinture avec deux balles), 1996-1997.
Biennale de Lyon 1997, photo Blaise Adilon.
Bul Lee
Bul Lee
Majestic splendor, 1997
Biennale de Lyon 1997, photo Blaise Adilon.
Mariko Mori
Mariko Mori
Link of the moon, 1996
Biennale de Lyon 1997, photo Blaise Adilon.
Serge Spitzer
Serge Spitzer
Re-search, bread and butter with the ever present question of how to define the difference between a baguette and a croissant, 1995-1997
Biennale de Lyon 1997, photo Blaise Adilon.
Sharing Exoticisms
Sharing Exoticisms

2000

Sharing Exoticisms

The Biennale was exceptionally held in an even year, to honour the new millennium.
Because we are always exotic to someone, this Biennale was titled Sharing Exoticisms. Its purpose was to restore the freedom to interpret forms on the planetary scale.
The exhibition featured work by 140 artists and attracted 110,000 visitors.


Gilbert et George
Gilbert et George
MM, 2000
Biennale de Lyon 2000, photo Blaise Adilon
Kallatte Parameswara Kurup
Kallatte Parameswara Kurup
Kalamazhuthu, 2000
Biennale de Lyon 2000, photo Blaise Adilon.
Liew Kung Yu
Liew Kung Yu
Temple du paradis oriental, 2000
Biennale de Lyon 2000, photo Blaise Adilon.
Liza Lou
Liza Lou
Cuisine, 1991-1995
Biennale de Lyon 2000, photo Blaise Adilon.
Reddy G Ravinder
Reddy G Ravinder
Devi,1998
Biennale de Lyon 2000, photo Blaise Adilon.
Yinka Shonibare
Yinka Shonibare
Mr et Mrs Andrews sans tête, 1998
Biennale de Lyon 2000, photo Blaise Adilon.
Connivence
Connivence

2001

Connivence

Returning to its odd-year slot, the Biennale had only a year to compose its 6th edition.
A team of seven curators considered the convergence of the arts.
This edition attracted 63,000 visitors to Les Subsistances, Tête d'Or Park and the Museum of Contemporary Art.


Tobias Bernstrup
Tobias Bernstrup
Potsdamer Platz Unreal Edit, 2001
Biennale de Lyon 2001, photo Blaise Adilon.
Mathieu Briand
Mathieu Briand
Vue de l’installation Sys*016.jex*02/1s-fx\360º, 2001
Biennale de Lyon 2001, photo Blaise Adilon.
Lee Bul
Lee Bul
Amaryllis, 1999
Biennale de Lyon 2001, photo Blaise Adilon.
Kolkoz (Samuel Boutruche & Benjamin Moreau)
Kolkoz (Samuel Boutruche & Benjamin Moreau)
Half Life 2, 2001
Biennale de Lyon 2001, photo Blaise Adilon.
Aernout Mik
Aernout Mik
Kitchen, 1997
Biennale de Lyon 2001, photo Blaise Adilon.
Will Self
Will Self
L'ennui, 2001
Biennale de Lyon 2001, photo Blaise Adilon.
It Happened Tomorrow
It Happened Tomorrow

2003

It Happened Tomorrow

It Happened Tomorrow opened the time trilogy. This edition saw the Biennale put down fresh roots in several venues - including its first show at La Sucrière, a former sugar warehouse near the confluence of Lyon's rivers, which was refurbished for the occasion. The 7th edition hosted 75 artists and became autumnal again. It drew 130,000 visitors.


Claude Léveque
Claude Léveque
Valstar Barbie, 2003
Biennale de Lyon 2003, photo Blaise Adilon.
Choi Jeong Hwa
Choi Jeong Hwa
Flower tree, 2003
Biennale de Lyon 2003, photo Blaise Adilon.
Bruno Gironcoli
Bruno Gironcoli
Untitled, 1994
Biennale de Lyon 2003, photo Blaise Adilon.
Dominique Gonzalez Foerster
Dominique Gonzalez Foerster
Cosmodrome, 2001
Biennale de Lyon 2003, photo Blaise Adilon.
Mike Kelley + Paul McCarthy
Mike Kelley + Paul McCarthy
Sod and Sodie Sock comp. O.S.O, 1998
Biennale de Lyon 2003, photo Blaise Adilon.
Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama
The Heart of The Universe, 2002
Biennale de Lyon 2003, photo Blaise Adilon.
Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama
Room / Stars, 2002
Biennale de Lyon 2003, photo Blaise Adilon.
Bridget Riley
Bridget Riley
Composition with circles 2, 2001
Biennale de Lyon 2003, photo Blaise Adilon.
Experiencing Duration
Experiencing Duration

2005

Experiencing Duration

Some 173,000 visitors explored the second volume of the time trilogy.
Sixty-three artists from 19 countries showed 290 works, including 21 Biennale premieres.
The Biennale was staged in five venues across the Lyon area: La Sucrière, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Le Rectangle and Saint-Jean Fort.


Kader Attia
Kader Attia
Détail de l’installation Flying Rats, 2005
Biennale de Lyon 2005, photo Blaise Adilon.
Daniel Buren
Daniel Buren
Le temps d’une œuvre, 2005
Biennale de Lyon 2005, photo Blaise Adilon.
Martin Creed
Martin Creed
Vue de l’installation Work N° 329 : Half the air in a given space, 2004
Biennale de Lyon 2005, photo Blaise Adilon.
Brian Eno
Brian Eno
Vue de l’installation Quiet club # 13 OUT (un saut dans le temps), 2005
Biennale de Lyon 2005, photo Blaise Adilon.
Michael Lin
Michael Lin
Quai Rambaud 14.09 - 31.12.05, 2005
Biennale de Lyon 2005, photo Blaise Adilon.
Fabien Verschaere
Fabien Verschaere
Détail de l'installation Magic Travel Take Away, 2005
Biennale de Lyon 2005, photo Blaise Adilon.
Wang Du
Wang Du
Missile, 2005
Biennale de Lyon 2005, photo Blaise Adilon.
La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela
La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela
Dream house, sound and light environment, a time installation measured by a setting of continuous frequencies in sound and light, the prime time twins in the ranges 576 to 448 ; 288 to 224 ; 144 to 112 ; 72 to 56 ; 36 to 28 ; with the range limits 576, 448, 288, 224, 144, 56 and 28 (1990 V I I I 16c. 1:00 AM NYC) with the base 9:7:4 (1991-2005) in a setting of primary light (Red/Blue)*2 (2005) Marian Zazeela Untitled (M/B) (1989) Margenta Day / Margenta Night (2005), 2005
Biennale de Lyon 2005, photo Blaise Adilon.
The OOs: The History of a Decade That Has Not Yet Been Named
The OOs: The History of a Decade That Has Not Yet Been Named

2007

The OOs: The History of a Decade That Has Not Yet Been Named

The final opus to address the question of time.
There was a game with a rule: the devisers invited 50 curators from around the world to choose a work that represented the decade in progress. The 9th Biennale attracted 146,000 visitors.
Some 111 artists were shown in four venues: La Sucrière, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Bullukian Foundation.


Avery Charles
Avery Charles
The eternity chamber, 2007
Biennale de Lyon 2007, photo Blaise Adilon.
Hilary Lloyd
Hilary Lloyd
Car wash, 2005
Biennale de Lyon 2007, photo Blaise Adilon.
Nathaniel Mellors
Nathaniel Mellors
The time surgeon, 2007
Biennale de Lyon 2007, photo Blaise Adilon.
Tomas Saraceno
Tomas Saraceno
Flying garden/airport city/80 sw, 2007
Biennale de Lyon 2007, photo Blaise Adilon.
Fabien Giraud & Raphael Siboni
Fabien Giraud & Raphael Siboni
La double paroi, hommage à Michel Lotito, 2007
Biennale de Lyon 2007, photo Blaise Adilon.
Josh Smith
Josh Smith
Untitled, 2007
Biennale de Lyon 2007, photo Blaise Adilon.
Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet
Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet
X-event 2, 2007
Biennale de Lyon 2007, photo Blaise Adilon.
Vues générales
Vues générales
de gauche à droite : Erick Beltran, Apertet-Vigier, Norma Jeane
Biennale de Lyon 2007, photo Blaise Adilon.
Vues générales
Vues générales
Biennale de Lyon 2007, L’histoire d’une décennie qui n’est pas encore nommée.
Biennale de Lyon 2007, photo Blaise Adilon.
The Spectacle of the Everyday
The Spectacle of the Everyday

2009

The Spectacle of the Everyday


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