The Biennial Reader

The Biannial Reader ©Bergen Kunsthall
The Biannial Reader © Bergen Kunsthall

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This anthology on the global biennial phenomenon includes seminal republished texts collected from around the world as well as newly commissioned contributions from the leading scholars, curators, critics, and thinkers working with biennials today. Tracing the genealogy of the perennial exhibition format, including biennials but also other recurrent exhibitions – triennials, quadrennials – and examining some of the most emblematic examples of the twentieth and twenty-first century, from the Venice Biennale to the Johannesburg Biennial and the Havana Bienal to Documenta and the Asian biennials, this ‘reader’ explores 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 for scholars, students, curators, artists, and critics alike, The Biennial Reader reflects on the past, the promise, and the future of the biennial, and, in the process, on its impact on contemporary art, curating, and art institutions writ large.

Published by: Bergen Kunsthall and Hatje Cantz, 2010
Editors: Solveig Øvstebø, Elena Filipovic, Marieke Van Hal
Texts/book: 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 og Vittoria Martini, Thomas McEvilley, Gerardo Mosquera, Rafal Niemojewski, Paul O’Neill, Solveig Øvstebø, Marion Pastor Roces, Donald Preziosi, Raqs Media Collective, Simon Sheikh, Vinicius Spricigo, Jan Verwoert
Texts/booklet: Meredith Martin, Vittoria Martini, Tommy Olsson, Marit Paasche, Nikos Papastergiadis, Vinicius Spricigo, Monica Szewczyk, Monika Mæland, Solveig Øvstebø, Marieke Van Hal, Elena Filipovic, Ina Blom
Design: Grandpeople
Pages: 512book/56booklet
Illustrations: 41book/29booklet
ISBN: 978-3-7757-2610-8
Soft-cover: 16,5 × 25 cm
Language: English
Price: EURO 35 / NOK 280

An Anthology on Large-Scale Perennial Exhibitions of Contemporary Art