2012 Liverpool Biennial Begins This Weekend

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The Liverpool Biennial opens tomorrow. It is, according to a press release, “the largest contemporary art festival in the U.K.”

The artist list is intriguing, with a number of Americans taking part. Doug Aitken has been commissioned for a public installation on Albert Dock in a temporary space designed by Mr. Aitken with David Adjaye; Rhys Chatham, guitar experimenter extraordinaire will present a performance of 100 electric guitars inside Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral during the opening celebration; artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset have built an over-sized VIP door that is manned by a “smartly dressed bouncer.”

The 2012 Biennial, called “The Unexpected Guest,” explores the theme of hospitality. It is expected to bring in 600,000 visitors and to generate £27 million ($43.7 million) for the area economy.