Meaning of biennale in English:


Pronunciation /ˌbiːɛˈnɑːleɪ/ /ˌbiːɛˈnɑːli/


  • A large art exhibition or music festival, especially one held biennially.

    ‘France, like other countries, faces an accelerating globalization of the contemporary art market thanks to a proliferation of art fairs, festivals and biennales that take place around the globe.’
    • ‘The loan exhibition at the Asian biennale is a private collection of fibulas mainly from the fifth century B. C., showing how Chinese craftsmen used gold and silver as well as assimilated the introduction of cast iron.’
    • ‘The inclusion of a cartoon/caricature exhibition in a biennale of fine arts might come as a surprise - perhaps an oddly hilarious one - to many art buffs and critics.’
    • ‘Festivals of contemporary art (whether biennales, fairs, or ‘projects') have their uses.’
    • ‘The artist exhibited in International biennales in Asia, America and Europe.’
    • ‘This past fall, an exhibition independent of the biennale made the connective leap between historic Venice and contemporary architecture.’
    • ‘That's what I generally like to do, and I probably spend more time going to documenta and biennales than I do going to book fairs.’
    • ‘We are not a biennale, we are not an art fair, but we can give an opportunity to artists to make work on a stronger platform; for galleries to talk to artists they might not otherwise be able to.’
    • ‘There will be a commercial art fair in Melbourne later this year, and a biennale in Sydney mid-year.’
    • ‘Notwithstanding, it takes a good deal of thought to achieve such a transformation, and it is an ability purportedly in demand but sadly lacking in supply within the framework of most biennales.’
    • ‘I believe that it can, but only to the same extent that the Council's small sums of cleverly spent money help British artists become known outside the UK - at biennales, for example.’
    • ‘There were many criticisms of and towards the project but I believe as a tool for exposure both biennales did a world of good for South African art.’
    • ‘Shanghai was the first Chinese city to host the biennale in 1996.’
    • ‘This biennale, which is only eight years old, hopes to give importance to every kind of art currently being practised.’
    • ‘There hasn't been a biennale or a competition where the new wave of French posters hasn't been appreciated.’
    • ‘Several other biennales have been instituted on the Venice model, some of them general and others devoted to a specific category of art, such as naive painting or printmaking.’
    • ‘He was invited to the International print biennales in Paris, Tokyo and Lugano.’
    • ‘We were able to put together an insightful dialogue pertaining to the politics of the biennale vis - vis the concerns of the artists.’
    • ‘Other than that, I know about the controversies surrounding the last biennale.’
    • ‘Conceiving environments filled with effects, many of the biennale architects were designing ephemera.’
    display, public display, show, showing, presentation, demonstration, showcase, mounting, spectacle


1930s (used originally as the name of an international art exhibition held in Venice): from Italian, literally ‘biennial’.