Mykonos Biennale 2017


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Announcing the Mykonos Biennale, September 1-5, 2017, a festival that celebrates art, tradition and nature held every odd year. The creation of world-renowned Greek multimedia artist Lydia Venieri, for the 2017 Biennale, will be joined by co-organizer Cecilia Dupire, a well-known interior designer of residential and commercial projects through her company, Cezign. Both Lydia and Cecilia are New York-based.

The third Mykonos Biennale will be Trans-Allegoria. It raises (and answers) the question of the capacity of art to initiate, introduce and captivate. Art, which transforms energy into creation, and creation into life. The saga of the Great Ideas, at the transcendental Island that transforms everyone into something new, opens each participant to the magic of the island.

The Mykonos Biennale does not consider itself in the standard form of art presentations, but instead is a symposium where art and philosophy intersect with the energy of the island. This event is a mix of tradition, ritual, and international contemporary art. It is earthier, a festival, an innovative and progressive location and way of exposing people to all that art encompasses.

For five days, the island of Mykonos, will host an extensive range of artworks, performances, projects and more. The Biennale commissions leading and emerging artists to produce both temporary and permanent public art, as well as long-term community-based projects. This newly-commissioned and existing art in all forms is presented in diverse locations, including unusual public spaces –windmills, pirate houses, warehouses, schools and churches, as well as the city’s galleries, museums, and cultural venues. The Town Hall, School of Fine Arts and the other organizations in Mykonos provide context for the presentation of contemporary art and culture.

Why Mykonos? This enigmatic, transcendent island has always been a hub of all types of culture and has unsurprisingly attracted a diverse mix of people: from archaeologists, to intellectual purists, artists, hippies and jetsetters, attracted by the immense physical beauty of the island and the sea. And the great tradition the island has for freedom of expression, unique architecture, antiquities not to mention privacy the island affords. From Picasso, to Onassis.

The proximity of Delos makes Mykonos even more attractive as a destination. Delos was the birthplace of Apollo, a religious center and port in the first millennium, and features ruins of Doric Temples, markets and an amphitheater. Not usually available to the public, this sacred island was the scene of a treasure hunt at the Biennale in 2015, and was so popular; it will be repeated this year as well! Artists from around the world create pieces in boxes, which became the treasure of the hunt.

The Mykonos Biennale celebrates our existence, philosophies, and the roots of our civilization, linking ancient traditions to the present and the future through art in many forms.

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