The Biennial Reader
NO / EN
This anthology on the global biennial phenomenon includes seminal republished texts collected from around the world as well as newly commisioned contributions by the leading sholars, curators, critics, and thinkers of biennals today. By tracing the genealogy of the perennial exhibition format (understood here as including not only biennals but also other recurrent exhibitions such as triennials and quinquennials) 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 nre history of art written through their analysis. In the process, this “reader” of essay 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.
Lawrence Alloway, George Baker, Carlos Basualdo, Michael Brenson, Daniel Buren, Charlotte Bydler, John Clark, Okwui Enwezor, Bruce W. Ferguson, Elena Filipovic, Marieke van Hal, Maria Hlavajova, Milena M. Hoegsberg, Ranjit Hoskote, Caroline A. Jones, Yacouba Konaté, Oliver Marchart, Sabine Marschall, Federica Martini, Vittoria Martini, Thomas McEvilley, Gerardo Mosquera, Rafal Niemojewski, Paul O’Neill, Solveig Øvstebø, Marian Pastor Roces, Donald Preziosi, Raqs Media Collective, Simon Sheikh, Vinicius Spricigo, Jan Verwoert.
Elena Filipovic, Marieke van Hal, and Solveig Øvstebø
Editorial Assistant: Helene A. Lazardis
Graphic Design and Typesetting:
City of Bergen, Department of Culture, Church Affairs, and Sports
Solveig Øvstebø, Bergen Kunsthall, and Angelika Hartmann, Hatje Cantz
Reproductions: Weyhing digital, Ostfildern
Munken Print White, 100 gsm
Printing and Binding:
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Published by Bergen Kunsthall and Hatje Cantz Verlag