Last Thursday the 11th edition of Biennale de Lyon opened its doors to public. Once only known to real aficionados, it has been gradually gaining importance in the last years and is today considered as one of the major art events in Europe.

This edition’s very poetic name A Terrible Beauty Is Born, is a verse taken from W.B. Yeats’ Easter 1916poem about the general uprising by which the Irish claimed emancipation from the British – a poem with contradictory interpretations, raising questions and doubt rather than affirmations. Contradiction and ambivalence are also the forces which the biennale curator Victoria Noorthoorn hopes to address with the help of work by more than 60 artists (amongst them Guillaume Bijl, Pierre Bismuth, The Otolith Group, Marlene Dumas or Jorge Macchi). The Biennale runs across four venues till end December 2011.