BiennaleOnline Information

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Genre Contemporary Art
Frequency Every 2 years
Launched April 26, 2013
Founded 2012 (2012)
Founders David Dehaeck
Nathalie Haveman
Arthur Madna
Organizers artplus

BiennaleOnline is a biennial exhibition of contemporary art. This exhibition's platform is the first of its kind to be held online. [1] The exhibition aims to focus on the most promising emerging visual artists worldwide, presenting works in New Media, Installation, Traditional Media, Photography and Performance. These artists will come from Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and the Middle East, and have been selected by 29 leading international curators. [2] [3] [4]

The inaugural exhibition launched on April 26, 2013 and is called "Reflection & Imagination" with Jan Hoet † serving as the artistic director. [2] [5] [6]


BiennaleOnline was founded by David Dehaeck, Nathalie Haveman and Arthur Madna in 2012. The exhibition was set to be launched on September 2012, however it was moved to April 2013. [7] The exhibition is organized by ARTPLUS, a mobile exhibition platform for art lovers and collectors of contemporary art. [8] [9]

The first BiennaleOnline is directed by Jan Hoet. Hoet previously served as the artistic director of Documenta IX and the museum MARTa Herford, Germany, and was a founder of SMAK in Ghent, Belgium. 25 artists, which are carefully chosen by Hoet, will be represented in the center section of the exhibition called "Reflection & Imagination". [8] [10] Jan Hoet died in a hospital in Ghent on February 27, 2014.

BiennaleOnline is the first of its kind, curated, exclusively online biennial exhibition of contemporary art. [9] 29 Leading international curators select the 183 most promising artists at a critical moment, when they are poised to become established artists. [9] BiennaleOnline aimes to offer an exhibition which breaks away from the conventional notion of Art as an elite pastime, confined to faraway galleries and those with the leisure and funds to enjoy it.

BiennaleOnline started with a "Pay What You want" payment wall. The founders very soon noticed that it was blocking visitors from entering the exhibition. In the best interest of the artists it was decided in May 2012 to remove the payment wall to ensure maximum exposure of their works. Soon after the removal of the payment wall the number of visitors surged to 400.000 within 1 year after opening.


Exhibition Launched Artistic Director Central Exhibition Artists Curators Visitors
I BiennaleOnline 2013 May 2, 2013 Jan Hoet "Reflection & Imagination" 183 29 400,000


The participating artists are:


The team consists of leading international curators who are affiliated with prestigious museums such as the Guggenheim Museum and the Jewish Museum in New York City, United States; Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France; the Serpentine Gallery in London, United Kingdom; Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden; Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland; SMAK in Ghent, Belgium; Leeum - Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan; the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; the MAC in Hornu, Belgium and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, Canada. [12]

The participating curators are: [13]


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  5. ^ "Tracey Emin's Broadway Debut, Musée d'Orsay Puts Out the Poor, and More". Blouin ArtInfo. January 30, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  6. ^ Saviour Puzella (February 4, 2013). "Le biennali continuano a moltiplicarsi. E diventano anche virtuali: da aprile la prima BiennaleOnline" (in Italian). Kulturize. Archived from the original on May 28, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  7. ^ "New mobile platform for smart investments in emerging Contemporary art". Art Daily. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Brian Boucher (January 29, 2013). "Does the Art World Need an Online Biennial?". Art in America. Archived from the original on February 1, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  9. ^ a b c "Jan Hoet dirige la première biennale d'art en ligne" (in French). Deredactie. January 15, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2013.[ dead link]
  10. ^ Sonia Ávila (February 6, 2013). "Encuentro de creación en la web, crean una bienal en línea" (in Spanish). Excélsior. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. Retrieved 2015-10-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title ( link)
  12. ^ "BIENNALEONLINE : LE NUMÉRIQUE POURSUIT SON EXPANSION" (in French). Fin' Art. February 8, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  13. ^ "Meet the Curators". ART +. Archived from the original on 2013-08-14. Retrieved February 11, 2013.

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