In pictures: Liverpool Biennial 2014

image captionThe Liverpool Biennial, one of the UK’s largest visual art festivals, attracts acclaimed contemporary artists from around the world to exhibit in venues including the city's decrepit former trade union offices. The works include this untitled watercolour by German artist Peter Wachtler.
image captionArtists Josef Strau and Stefan Tcherepnin work together under the name Strautcherepnin, and have created this sound and sculpture installation A Metaphysical Store. The venue is the former Trades Union Centre, which was originally a school for the blind and has also been used by Merseyside Police.
image captionSwiss artist Marc Bauer has drawn Quarry, 1907, in charcoal and chalk on one wall of the three-storey building.
image captionFrench-born, New York-based Nicola L has created Atmosphere in White, an installation comprising of what she describes as "functional art objects" which she has made since the 1960s.
image captionPeter Wachtler has also created these sculptures depicting battles between crabs and other sea creatures including an octopus, an eel and a ray.
image captionIsraeli artist Uri Aran's collages hang on a crumbling wall.
image captionJudith Hopf, from Germany, has brought her concrete Flock of Sheep
image captionThe Biennial spans several venues. At the Bluecoat gallery, an exhibition of 19th Century American artist James McNeill Whistler features a recreation of Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room. Whistler created the lavish arrangement for the London dining room of his patron, the Liverpool ship owner FR Leyland.
image captionWhistler's Velarium has also been resurrected. It is a drape he designed to diffuse light coming through a gallery skylight, which was first seen at an exhibition of the Society of British Artists in 1886.
image captionAvant-garde 90-year-old French architect Claude Parent has taken over a gallery at Tate Liverpool, installing the angles and ramps with which he has made his name.
image captionParent's installation, titled La colline de l’art (Art hill), is what he describes as a "machine for viewing" works from the Tate collection.
image captionAt the Fact gallery, US artist Sharon Lockhart is displaying photographs, text works and videos that were created while conducting educational workshops over five years with Polish teenagers.
image captionThe Open Eye Gallery, which specialises in photography, is hosting an exhibition examining the role of photos of art exhibitions including Documenta in Germany, the Venice Biennale and the Liverpool Biennial.
image captionHere is a photograph of an art exhibition of photographs about art exhibitions. The Open Eye exhibition is titled Not All Documents Are Records: Photographing Exhibitions As An Art Form. The Liverpool Biennial runs until October.

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