In the Show – 19th July 2011

The Works Report on the Venice Biennale

PictureThis week, once again, we’re devoting the entire show to this year’s Venice Biennale. But in contrast to last week’s adventures of Hong Kong’s very own Frog King, in today’s show we’re looking at some of the international exhibits.

The first Biennale was held in 1895, and the earlier events focused on decorative arts. In the opening decadesof the 20th century though, the event became increasingly international.

PictureFrom 1907, some countries began setting up national pavilions at the exhibition. Today, they’ve become a constant feature, even though not everyone is at ease with the idea of categorising artists and their work by nationality.

Much of the focus of this year’s Biennale crossed national boundaries. And for many, political and social freedoms were a major issue.

 

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