Triennial a three-month art festival

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 05:00 11/12/2012
Auckland Triennial
Do-Ho Suh

DIVERSE TALENTS: A still image from Do-Ho Suh's 'A Perfect Home: The Bridge Project 2010', a synchronised four-monitor animated digital slide presentation.

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Auckland will host a three-month celebration of contemporary art next year, in the biggest Triennial festival the city has seen. 

The Auckland Triennial starts in May, 2013, and is a three-month festival of contemporary art involving local and international artists and eight local galleries.  

For the first time, entry to the festival will be free. 

First staged in 2000, the event allows artists and participants to inhabit and transform social spaces by producing innovative ideas, projects and works, and invite discussion, confrontation and the exchange of ideas about what art is.

Internationally influential curator Hou Hanru will be at the helm of the Auckland festival, titled If You Were to Live Here...

"A triennial is a space for producing new aesthetic forms and social spaces. As a living process, it is not only an occasion to see art, but an interaction between artists, people and the city to envisage possible futures," said Hanru, who has curated triennials in San Francisco, Shanghai and Venice.

He has invited 35 New Zealand and international artists, collectives and architects to respond to the diverse cultural, social, architectural and urban characteristics of Auckland.

"Hou's considerable reputation has been instrumental in attracting a strong group of artists from 15 countries to the 5th Triennial," said Auckland Art Gallery director Chris Saines. 

Artists involved include Singaporean Ho Tzu Nyen, whose exhibitions have been shown at the 54th Venice Biennale 2011 and Mori Art Museum, Japan; Albanian video artist Anri Sala; and film, photography and video artist, American Amie Siegel.

The Auckland Triennial runs from May 11 until August 11, 2013 at Auckland Art Gallery, Artspace, Auckland Museum, Fresh Gallery Otara, George Fraser Gallery, Gus Fisher Gallery, St Paul St Gallery and Waterfront Auckland.

AUCKLAND TRIENNIAL 

WHEN: From May, 2013

WHERE: Auckland Art Gallery, Artspace, Auckland Museum, Fresh Gallery in Otara, George Fraser Gallery, Gus Fisher Gallery, St Paul St Gallery and Waterfront Auckland

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