Frequently asked questions about the biennial 

1. What is a biennial?

The definition biennial originates from the Italian word biennale, which can be translated into ”every second year”. The concept is often used to describe an international gathering of contemporary art, architecture, dance, or theatre. Art biennials emphasize highly topical trends and issues within art and society.

The first and largest biennial is the Venice Biennial (La Biennale di Venezia) that has been arranged since 1895.

2. What is GIBCA?

GIBCA is an abbreviation of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art: in Swedish Göteborgs Internationella Konstbiennal. GIBCA was initiated in 2001 by the Cultural Commitee of the City of Gothenburg and since 2006 Röda Sten Konsthall is organizing the biennial. In 2019 the biennial will be at its 10th edtion.
For the coming biennial in Gothenburg, there are exhibitions at Röda Sten Konsthall, Göteborgs Konsthall and nine additional venues in the cities. More information coming soon! 


3. I know nothing about art – why should I visit the biennial?

Art may be an escape from everyday life as well as a chance to reflect on it. How do we live our lives and why do we live the way we do? What does the world look like from someone else’s perspective? What is right and what is wrong? 

Art may be critical against something, intimidating, or beautiful. It may give us new thoughts or evoke old emotions. For instance, it may deal with matters of politics, society structures, identity, historical events, or different scenarios for the future – things that are important to us today.

At the biennial, you get a unique opportunity to see art works by internationally acknowledged artists from all over the world that are usually not shown in Gothenburg or in Sweden.

4. How do I visit the biennial?

Check information on venues on the website and download the visitor guide and map here

When you are visiting the biennial, you can get all information in the GIBCA newspaper guide, there will also be work texts on the walls and staff that is happy to answer your questions. You are also welcome to join our guided tours, workshops, and talks, along with film screenings and concerts. There is a lot happening during the biennial!