2021: Cultural Highlights and Press Picks

Posted on 5 January 2021 by Liverpool Biennial

Erick Beltrán, Laocoon’s Dream, 2018. Installation view at La Tallera, Mexico. Courtesy the artist

Erick Beltrán, Laocoon’s Dream, 2018. Installation view at La Tallera, Mexico. Courtesy the artist

We are so thrilled to see our 11th edition placed among various upcoming highlights by national press and critics. As we enter 2021, the anticipation to engage with galleries and cultural spaces feels stronger than ever.

Read on for a round-up of our top press picks and further insights into LB2021 and the exciting cultural offer this year promises.

The Observer – New Year Arts: Observer critics pick the culture to get us through to spring

Amongst a selection of TV, film, music, theatre and art – the Observer gives an extensive overview of critics’ picks to brighten up the new year. We’re delighted to see our 2021 curator, Manuela Moscoso, featured as a cultural insider, giving her ones-to-watch for the year ahead:

"In these challenging times I want to enrich my sense of togetherness critically, so I will be directing my attention towards The Showroom – one of the most exciting and cutting-edge art organisations in London, which focuses on collaborative approaches. In spring 2021, Beirut artist Haig Aivazian will hit the London art scene. Haig has a particular way of exploring how power moves people, architecture or landscape. I can’t wait."

Read the full article here

Image credit: The Showroom mural commission – Simnikiwe Buhlungu: Notes to Self (Intimate 1), 2019. Photo: Max Colson

The Art Newspaper – Our guide to the top biennials and triennials coming up in 2021

Further to her insider suggestions, Moscoso also spoke with The Art Newspaper, who have pinned the Liverpool Biennial as one of the top picks for 2021.

An extract from the article:

“I often say we are doing the same biennial but different,” says Manuela Moscoso, the curator of this year’s Liverpool Biennial. “The process of making the biennial started in 2018 and by March 2020, the biennial was shaped,” she says. “Though the global issues of 2020 have forced us to adapt and reconsider some of the individual works on display.”

One of the highlights will be the South African artist Neo Muyanga’s newly commissioned project A Maze in Grace at the Lewis’s Building, a former department store and city landmark. Muyanga’s video installation is inspired by the hymn Amazing Gracecomposed by the 18th-century English slaver-turned-abolitionist, John Newton.

Neo Muyanga, A REVOLTING SONG, 2017. Photo: I. Junicker and The Neosong Co

The Jamaican artist Ebony G. Patterson will present three textile works at Tate Liverpool, as well as a highly anticipated new floor work. Patterson's pioneering practice is concerned with historical representations of marginalised bodies, and capturing, mourning and glorifying the passing of their lives.

Ebony G. Patterson, ...a pale horse weeps in silence...for those who bear/bare witness, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

Other key programme highlights include the new public realm works presented by the artists Larry AchiampongTeresa SolarErick BeltránLinderDaniel Steegmann Mangrané and Rashid Johnson.

The title of the biennial, The Stomach and the Port, “works in different forms", Moscoso says:

“For instance, the stomach, like the port, is a location where the inside and outside meet, where processes of transformation occur, where culture-nature exchanges happen: both stomach and port are places of production rather than representation.” On a more prosaic level, it refers to the biennial’s location, the port of Liverpool, she adds."

The full article, which includes words from Jacopo Crivelli Visconti (Curator, 34th Bienal de São Paulo) and Naima Keith and Diana Nawi (Artistic Directors, Prospect.5 triennial), can be found here.

Yayoi Kusama, Chandelier of Grief, Tate, 2016/2018. Presented by a private collector, New York 2019 © YAYOI KUSAMA

We are pleased that LB2021 sits amongst the announcements of major openings including, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms at Tate Modern (29 March 2021 – 27 March 2022), a retrospective from Marina Abramović at the Royal Academy (25 September — 12 December 2021), and the return of the Turner Prize.

Discover more exciting prospects for 2021 via the list of features below:

The Times – THE YEAR AHEAD - The best of this year’s arts: what to look out for in 2021

Art Lyst – London Art Exhibitions 2021 A Month By Month Guide

The Guardian – Events horizon: the films, music, art and more to get excited about in 2021

The Guardian - Brutal Bacon, Wild Gehry and Unmissable Abramovic: 2021's best art, architecture and photography

BBC News - Art in 2021: The highlights to hope for


The 11th Edition of Liverpool Biennial: The Stomach and the Port, will run from 20 March 2021.