The Bermuda Biennial: A Retrospective

Works From The Collection

Opening in the Watlington Room in November, this exhibition presents a selection of artworks produced for the Bermuda Biennial which have been collected by the Bermuda National Gallery over the last three decades, providing an insight into the evolution of contemporary art in Bermuda.

In reflection of the diversity of both materials and ideas for which the Biennial is known, there will be a wide range of media on display. As Dr Daniel Rosenfeld, co-curator of the 1998 Bermuda Biennial and former Academy Professor of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, wrote in the exhibition catalogue that year: “The modern Biennial is a distant cousin of the annual salons that flourished in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. Whereas the ancestor characteristically embraced the status quo, the descendant exhibits a fine disregard of the predictable and the familiar.”

Praising Bermuda’s vibrant cultural community, Dr Rosenfeld went on to explain that a Biennial is unique in its approach as “a type of exhibition which questions our assumptions about the nature and limits of artistic expression.”

bermuda biennial retospective
Top: Hands Across Da Table by Bill Ming, 2008/9. Mixed media. 38 x 62 x 3. Selected for the 2010 Bermuda Biennial. Collection of Bermuda National Gallery. Above: Johnny by Meredith Andrews, 2008. Digital Photograph. 24 x 36. Selected for the 2008 Bermuda Biennial. Collection of Bermuda National Gallery.