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Streets, parks and signing are the basic materials of Leopold Kessler’s often Minimalist sculptures and performances. In "Service Active/Passive" (2007) the artist begins by earning a little money washing windscreens in New York, then "redistributing" the takings to the cleaning staff of a number of restaurants: a seemingly anodyne system which in fact raises some basic questions regarding the redistribution of wealth. In "Import" (2006) Kessler smuggles a packet of cigarettes from Budapest to Vienna by hiding it on the outside of the train linking the two cities. "Lucky Day" (2009) plays out a pseudo-confidence trick near the Louvre, with people pretending to find a gold ring which they then offer to the artist. Only the parts of the film having to do with this strange offer are shown by the artist, even if the logical extension of the story requires that the unknown donors demand money in exchange for the ring. Creating an expectation, then following up with a let-down – this is the key to his "Phantom Terrace", situated on the Saône embankment just outside the entrance to La Sucrière: a bar, tables and chairs, but nobody to serve the potential customer, who can just go on waiting and waiting.

With the support of Fermob / With the support of Lombard-Freid Projects, New York; the IFA, Stuttgart.

Leoplod KESSLER
Films, 2006-2009
Photos: Blaise Adilon
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Review 2009



A tremendous public success


165,000 visitors

an increase in attendance of 12% compared to 2007.

50% of visitors were aged under 26.
32% of visitors took a guided tour.



An international artistic project geared to creating new work


4 venues.
more than 10,000 m² of exhibition space.
1 new exhibition venue (800 m²) close to La Sucrière: the Bichat Warehouse.
56 artists and collectives on show,
28 nationalities.
40 brand-new artworks.



Extensive media involvement

1,001 journalists from 22 countries were hosted at the Biennale.
6 press conferences prior to the Biennale in: Berlin, Milan, Venice, London, New York and Basel.


 

Art world heavily mobilised

5,328 professionals from 31 countries, were hosted at the Biennale.
They included:
Over 80 collectors,
Over 200 directors of cultural institutions,
Over 150 exhibition curators.



Communities across city strongly involved

Veduta: awareness-raising actions in partnership with nine Greater Lyon districts and municipalities

Vaulx-en-Velin, Vénissieux, Villeurbanne, Lyon 8, Décines-Charpieu, Grand Parc Miribel Jonage, Rillieux-la-Pape, Place Bellecour/Lyon 2, Sarkis Forum/Lyon 6.

220 projects rolled out across the metropolitan area and 19 types of action including:
- 3 Biennale artist residencies
- 12 exhibitions
- 13 colloquia and conferences held in the Sarkis Space, in partnership with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure, the Goethe Institut and others
- 3 "Weekends at Le Forum"
- the first three-team soccer tournament
- 3 "Nights at the Museum"

16,450 participants in Veduta projects.

Résonance and Focus, a partnership with regional professionals

Focus: a showcase of 9 major events in the Rhône-Alpes region and beyond, including "Rendez-vous 09", the "2nd Biennale of Contemporary Textile Design" and more.

150 Résonance projects (30 more than in 2007) and 90 venues including
67 in Greater Lyon and 23 in the Rhône-Alpes region.

1 Résonance Night, on 19 November: opening of the Galerie des Terreaux arcade, 30 venues, and a special evening event at La Plateforme.



Loyal public partners

The main public-sector partners were:
Greater Lyon, City of Lyon, Ministry of Culture and Communication, Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, Sytral/TCL public-transport authority and network.


Committed private partners

The main private-sector partners were:

- Lead partner: Groupe Partouche / Grand Casino de Lyon Le Pharaon
- Official partners: Compagnie Nationale du Rhône, GL events, Caisse d'Epargne Lyon Rhône-Alpes, Cabinet Maât, Toupargel, ZILLI, Grouped Cardinal, Club des Biennales de Lyon.

€1.197m of sponsorship and partnerships.
62 private evening events and public-relations operations.

Private revenue (own resources and private funding) was 10% up on 2007.
The budget was balanced, and the Biennale's estimated economic impact was €12m.




An interactive, participatory Biennale

9,000 flowers handed out to strangers by the public, as per the protocol of Lee
Mingwei's artwork.

1,002 unique pieces of Yang Jiechang's artwork acquired by the public for over €16,000, a sum wholly donated to non-profit association Entretemps.

40 trees were planted by 180 people in relation to Pedro Reyes's artwork Palas por Pistolas on 6 November 2009.

40 audience members took part in the HaZaVuZu collective's performance at the Biennale opening on 15 September.

The first-ever Xmania competition attracted over 32,000 web users, and singled out 150 photos from among the 1,820 entries.

In total, 5,307 people took part in the games on the Biennale website.



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 Review 2009

 

 


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