Biennales: Theatre(s) of Global Art?

Date: 24 July 2021 
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Venue: Online via Zoom Webinar/ CPD2.42, Centennial Campus, HKU

Registration: required for both face-to-face and online options, free

Our Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Kathleen Wyma, shared her expert insights on “Biennales” with audience both in person and online on July 24, 2021. Dr. Wyma’s thought-provoking talk stimulated interesting discussions, exchange of ideas, and raised questions like whether the art world is becoming more spectacularized for consumption, or the world flattening to a more globalized connectedness. In looking at exhibitions precedents that dated to the nineteenth century, Dr Wyma helped us understand the ‘why’ including the contexts for contemporary art. She also shared her personal experience with the Kochi Biennale in India as an example of the biennales of the periphery. The event was co-organised by HKUFAAA and the University’s Department of Art History, and supported by the HKU Museum Society.


“I enjoyed the talk this morning very much. It was very informative and thought provoking.”

“The talk is really enjoyable and informative, it would be great to have one or two more talks by Dr. Wyma on similar subjects to make it into a contemporary art talk series, would like to learn more.”

“I’ve actually been waiting for Dr Wyma to open her Biennale course for a long time – I think the last time she opened I was still in Year 1 – so I was really excited for this talk ”

“Kathleen is a very passionate speaker and educator. There’s so much to learn!”

“The talk was very insightful… looking forward to more talks and events from the Alumni Association!”