Melbourne curator takes the reins at Sydney Biennale - Art Collector

31 July 2012 | Juliana Engberg, currently the artistic director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, has been named the artistic director for the next Biennale of Sydney in 2014.

Engberg has worked with a host of international artists during her career, curating exhibitions with Pipilotti Rist, Yael Bartana and Jim Lambie among others.

Biennale CEO Marah Braye says she has a history of curating intelligent and distinctive exhibitions. “Juliana’s curatorial wit and incisive perspective on presenting exhibitions in unique buildings and spaces will no doubt surprise and delight audiences in 2014.”

Engberg’s career also spans a six-year stint curating the visual arts program of the Melbourne Festival and in 1997 she was the senior curatorial adviser for the Australian presentations at the Venice Biennale. She has also worked at the Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Monash University Gallery.

As for what she’s got in store for the 2014 Biennale of Sydney, Engberg says her “curatorial quest” is to present works that answer the audience’s “desire to discover new artists, different ideas and emotionally charged and intellectually stimulating art”.

“I am for the celebration of artistic imagination,” she says.

The current Biennale of Sydney continues at various venues around Sydney until 16 September 2012.

Jane O'Sullivan

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