'This anthology on the global biennial phenomenon includes seminal republished texts collected from around the world as well as newly commissioned contributions by the leading scholars, curators, critics, and thinkers of biennials today. By tracing the genealogy of the perennial exhibition format and by examining some of the most emblematic examples of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries—from the biennials in Venice and Johannesburg to those of Havana and Gwangju, and from Documenta to Manifesta—this collection reads the artistic, theoretical, political, and other ambitions of such large-scale exhibition projects against the grain of their resulting exhibitions. Poised to be a vital resource, The Biennial Reader reflects on the past, the promise, and the future of these exhibitions and argues for a new history of art written through their analysis. In the process, this "reader" of essays explores perennial exhibitions and the global hegemonic shifts that made them possible as well as their impact on contemporary art, curating, culture, and art institutions.' (Back cover)

Contributors' biographies and bibiliography included. A supplementary booklet titled The Biennial Reader: The Bergen Biennial Conference is also available.
Access level

Onsite

Location code REF.FIE
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

2010

No of pages

512

ISBN / ISSN

9783775726108

No of copies

2

Content type

anthology

Chapter headings
Histories, Precedents, and Origins
The Crystalline Veil and the Phallomorphic Imaginary (2001)

- Donald PREZIOSI

Crystal Palace Exhibitions (2005)

- Marian PASTOR ROCES

Biennial Culture: A Longer History

- Caroline A. JONES

Venice or Havana: A Polemic on the Genesis of the Contemporary Biennial

- Rafal NIEMOJEWSKI

The Invention of the Dakar Biennial (2009)

- Yacouba KONATE

What is the Biennial? Potentials, Functions, and Ideals
The Unstable Institution (2003)

- Carlos BASUALDO

The Biennial in 1968 (1969)

- Lawrence ALLOWAY

Marks of Distinction, Vectors of Possibility: Questions for the Biennial (2009)

- Simon SHEIKH

Biennials as Structures for the Writing of Art History: The Asian Perspective

- John CLARK, 姜苦樂

The Havana Biennial: A Concrete Utopia

- Gerardo MOSQUERA

The Curatorial
Exhibition of an Exhibition (1972) and Where Are the Artists? (2004)
The Curator's Moment: Trends in the Field of International Contemporary Art Exhibitions (1998)

- Michael BRENSON

The Curatorial Turn: From Practice to Discourse (2007)

- Paul O'NEILL

Questions of Authorship in Biennial Curating

- Federica MARTINI, Vittoria MARTINI

On Curatorial Responsibility

- Raqs Media Collective

Rethinking Biennials: Models and Formats
How to Biennial? The Biennial in Relation to the Art Institution

- Maria HLAVAJOVA

Biennials of Resistance: Reflections on the Seventh Gwangju Biennial

- Ranjit HOSKOTE

The Global White Cube (2005)

- Elena FILIPOVIC

Changes in Strategies of (Re)presentation at the São Paulo Biennial

- Vinicius SPRICIGO

Talking and Thinking about Biennials: The Potential of Discursivity

- Bruce W. FERGUSON, Milena M. HOEGSBERG

The Politics of a Global Art World
The Global Art World, Inc.: On the Globalization of Contemporary Art (2004)

- Charlotte BYDLER

Arrivederci, Venice: The Third World Biennials (1993)

- Thomas MCEVILLEY

The Marco Polo Syndrome: Some Problems around Art and Eurocentrism (1992)

- Gerardo MOSQUERA

Mega-Exhibitions and the Antinomies of a Transnational Global Form (2004)

- Okwui ENWEZOR

The Globalization of the False: A Response to Okwui Enwezor (2004)

- George BAKER

The Impact of the Two Johannesburg Biennials on the Formation of a 'New South African Art' (1999)

- Sabine MARSCHALL

Hegemonic Shifts and the Politics of Biennialization: The Case of Documenta (2008)

- Oliver MARCHART

The Biennial Reader: An Anthology on Large-Scale Perennial Exhibitions of Contemporary Art
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