Pedro Reyes concern is with environmental issues and social interaction in public spaces. His work for the Biennale is the fruit of lengthy research: the perfectly aligned garden shovels making up Palas Por Pistolas ("Pistols into Spades") are the outcome of a programme launched by the Mexican government – at the instigation of the artist – for "handing in" illegal weapons so as to stamp them out or at least limit their use. Reyes melted down the metal of 1 527 weapons, which was then used to make shovels for planting trees, with the help of community associations, everywhere the work goes on show. Thus an educational arboretum comprising some twenty different varieties of trees will be planted in October-November at the Hospital for Mothers and Babies in Bron, next-door to Lyon. A film of the action will be shown at the Biennale and in all subsequent exhibition venues.
an increase in attendance of 12% compared to 2007.
50% of visitors were aged under 26.
32% of visitors took a guided tour.
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,
40 brand-new artworks.
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.
5,328 professionals from 31 countries, were hosted at the Biennale.
Over 80 collectors,
Over 200 directors of cultural institutions,
Over 150 exhibition curators.
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.
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.
- 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.
9,000 flowers handed out to strangers by the public, as per the protocol of Lee
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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