The Biennale de Lyon brings the capital of the Gauls up to date


Zhang Yunyao, the young Chinese virtuoso, with his monumental drawings in black pencil on felt. Yunyao Zhang/courtesy the artist

REPORT - Through their "manifesto of fragility", the two curators, Lebanese and German, lead the visitor to look at the city and the chaos of our world differently.

Special correspondents in Lyon

How to organize a Biennial of Lyon, the major event of contemporary art in France, in such a tormented context? “With luck as a companion and courage as a guide!” Cicero's words to Lucius Munatius Plancus, the founder of Lyons, could come as the motto of this 16e edition, which has weathered all the storms for three years.

Postponed for a year due to Covid. Amputated from part of its initial budget in full assembly of an ambitious production in the four corners of the city (a loss initially estimated at 500,000 euros, reduced to less than 300,000 euros). Sentenced to a single performance at the Fagor factories, yet involving a heavy and costly scenography, since this place will escape him and become a tram shed. Threatened with energy over-billing (many video installations and a multitude of places, often huge) and therefore drastic savings measures. This is the ultimate consequence of the war in Ukraine on art

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