Zurich Biennial


Curated by Mitchell Anderson, artist and founder of Plymouth Rock, and Daniel Baumann, director of Kunsthalle Zürich

Osama Alrayyan
Tolia Astakhishvili
James Bantone
Juan Barcia Mas & Shen He (Sexkino)
Mark Barker
Sarah Benslimane
Vittorio Brodmann
Matt Browning
Centre D’Editions Melbourne
Tornike Chapodze
Anjesa Dellova
Nathalie du Pasquier
Cédric Eisenring
FitArt App
Madge Gill
Renee Gladman
Rafik Greiss
Raphael Hefti
Hardy Hill
Lonnie Holley
David Hominal
Brook Hsu
Shamiran Istifan
Lisa Jo
Jean Katambayi Mukendi
Miriam Laura Leonardi
Shuang Li
Lorenza Longhi
Danny McDonald
Jasper Marsalis
Alexandra Metcalf
Daniel Moldoveanu
Sveta Mordovskaya
Maurice Morel
Marianne Mueller
Jonathan Okoronkwo
Juan Antonio Olivares
Margit Palme
Cora Pongracz
Sophie Reinhold
Frode Felipe Schjelderup
Leopold Strobl
Kelly Tissot
Cassidy Toner
Ilaria Vinci
Dena Yago
Bruno Zhu

Mitchell Anderson on the Zürich Biennial 

The act of organising exhibitions, at its heart, is one of discovery and sharing. We share with an unknown audience; we share artists and individual artworks that we believe are thought provoking, and may be beautiful. We share with the belief that those works might have the same effect on others.

From the start, this was an exhibition whose theme and reason to be was art. We live in a moment in which it seems as if the only option for group exhibitions is the thematic exhibition. This is false, and minimises the visual and conceptual impact of what is exhibited. Art is enough in its ambiguous anythingness. Art is not just a symptom.

What happens when you look at art? When you select works you are drawn to? When you try to understand an artist's art making? You expect to end up with an arbitrary selection, but this is an illusion. You end up with a collection of voices that talk to you about the world in which we live. You discover a potential exhibition and choose a generic title like ‘Zurich Biennale’ to keep the voices independent, so that they can stand on their own two feet.

Many options for the presentation of art are represented: some works are new productions created for the exhibition; others are existing works recontextualised here; there are historical works expressing a current vitality; and new works direct from the artists’ studios. This is a diverse and international collection of works framed by the place, the institution and the city in which it is exhibited. It is a biennial, across only 500m2 and a single room, reaching, as biennials do, around the world; it is a small, disparate fraction of the thrilling work across many media existing around us.

Yet, there is (at least) one common thing. We call it ‘windschief,’ or, to use a literal translation, warped by the wind. Many of the works in this exhibition use the language of exaggeration, the grotesque and caricature. They use a language of abrasion, both optimistic in its humour and pessimistic about the state of things. This shouldn't come as a surprise in a time obsessed with exposure, perfection, control and fear. The grotesque offers a way out, the exaggeration allows one to say ‘un-things’ while signaling self-awareness; caricature is a place of oblique truth and humour. Through a variety of media, the artists here mirror our world, telling the truth, but telling it slant, like Emily Dickinson urged. Architecture in particular is stripped of its practical roots throughout the show, in a variety of ways becoming aesthetic and sculptural, shaping one's movement as it is made redundant and non-functional. All these tropes seem appropriate in a time like ours.

Kunsthalle Zürich x WAVES
Künstler:innen On Artists

In the context of the Zürich Biennale, and in anticipation of the forthcoming call-out for the studio programme WAVES, Kunsthalle Zürich invites you to a series of talks in January, February and March 2024. Hear individual artists, selected from both the Biennale and WAVES collaborators, discussing another living artist whose work has proved significant for their thinking. These evening events will take place at the bar and are organised in collaboration with the initiators of the WAVES project, Leila Peacock and Izidora I LETHE. Please check the Kunsthalle Zürich agenda for details.

Press information

For image enquiries, further information on the exhibition programme and interviews please contact Aoife Rosenmeyer: presse [​at​] or +41 (0)44 272 15 15
Fr 06.10.

Exhibition opening

Su 15.10.

Afternoon for all

Th 26.10.

Art Walk West

Su 29.10.

Hallowe'en special

Th 09.11.


Th 16.11.

Exhibition tour

Su 19.11.

Afternoon for all

Sa 25.11.

Jingle Mingle

Th 14.12.

Exhibition tour

Fr 05.01.


Th 11.01.

Exhibition tour

Su 14.01.

Afternoon for all

Th 25.01.

Exhibition tour

Th 25.01.


Fr 01.03.


Sa 23.03.

Open House Löwenbräukunst

Sa 23.03.

Painting Easter eggs

Sa 23.03.

What do they really think?

Th 28.03.