Exterior shot of the museum with stone sculpture of the Student by Tom Bass

Chau Chak Wing Museum joins with Biennale of Sydney

31 October 2023
University museum to feature at 2024 festival.
The Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney is one of seven host locations of next year's Biennale of Sydney.

The Biennale of Sydney is a free public art festival and the largest contemporary art event of its kind in Australia. Marking its 50th anniversary in 2023, the 24th edition of the Biennale, Ten Thousand Suns, opens on 9 March 2024. Artistic directors Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero said the Biennale will examine ‘collective possibilities around a future that is not only possible, but necessary to be lived in joy and plenitude’. 

The Chau Chak Wing Museum will host works by a range of international artists, including Mangala Bai Maravi from India’s Baiga tribe, and the late Chinese-American painter Martin Wong. 

The museum opened in 2020, bringing the University of Sydney’s extensive antiquities, natural history, historic photographs, cultural artefacts and art collections under one roof for the first time in the University’s 173-year history.  Its current exhibition program encompasses Pacific history, contemporary Indigenous work, and historic and contemporary photography. 

“Through my previous work with the Biennale, I know it engages with the themes of our time,” said Michael Dagostino, the University’s Director of Museums and Cultural Engagement. “The Chau Chak Wing Museum is the perfect place for these important conversations.”   

“During the Biennale, we hope to transform the museum into a space where contemporary artists can be in residence, drawing inspiration from our collections to create new works.”

“By partnering with the Biennale of Sydney, we look forward to bringing new art audiences from across Australia and the world to the museum.” 

The Biennale of Sydney runs from 9 March until 10 June 2024. 

Exhibition details

What: 24th Biennale of Sydney, Ten Thousand Suns, at the Chau Chak Wing Museum

Where: University Place, The University of Sydney, 

When: from 9 March until 10 June 2024

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm (until 9pm on Thursdays); Saturday and Sunday, 12-4pm

Cost: Free

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