Liverpool Biennial August 2014 Part One

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THE CHALLENGE:
To visit 10 exhibits linked to the Liverpool BiennialBiennial Map - Copy

Getting Started

Success for any trip is a good hotel. Stayed at Z Hotel on North John Street. Room was comfy, staffentrance were friendly and there was complimentary wine and cheese in the evening. It was rude to refuse!

 

First Stop: The Old Blind School  liverpool-biennial-2014-30    “Inevitably, rules get broken, and bits of behaviour are combined with bits of misbehaviour.”

There was one piece here that caught my eye: Marc Bauer. His work, Quarry 1907 took an entire wall. This is just the middle section.10561805_634686503305335_525816019795275061_n

The building itself was the main attraction: 10592869_634686703305315_155314640967698547_n

 

Two. The Blue Coat – James MacNeill Whistler10556347_634687196638599_7339739491995315068_n

“More than 100 years after his death, Whistler takes part in A Needle Walks into a Haystack because his attitude, motivations and commitment are as resonant now as they ever were. Whistler spoke for himself, and to continue his legacy we’ve summoned his thoughts and writings to guide you through the show.”

Three. Tate Liverpool – Claude Parentdsc9777-50cm

“Claude Parent (FR) is one of the most radical figures of French avant-garde architecture, and La colline de l’art (Art Hill) is the latest demonstration of the oblique function — a principle of architecture he developed in the 1960s with theorist Paul Virilio. Defying convention, the idea proposes that buildings incorporate ramps and slopes, avoid right angles and be wall-free where possible. Within such constructions, bodies behave in new and unusual ways that heighten the senses as well as reshape interpersonal dynamics and hierarchies.”

Two pieces stood out:

Voyages of the Moon 1934-7 by Paul Nash 1889-1946

Sleeping Venus 1944 by Paul Delvaux 1897-1994

 

 

 

Interior, Sunlight on the Floor 1906 by Vilhelm Hammershoi 1864-1916

Four. Tate Liverpool – Works from the collection

This was the standout piece for me:

The canvas is folded back on either side and there is a figure in black there that we can no longer see.

 

 

Five. Liverpool Cathedral – Michael Nyman Broadcast of Symphony No. 11: Hillsborough Memorial

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A beautiful piece of music in an ideal setting.

 

Six: The evening’s entertainment was at FACT to see Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.  A brilliant film shot over twelve years with the same actors.  A fascinating exploration of what growing up really entails.

End of day one

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