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Oil and Courage or Only to the edge of the 50th biennial festival of contemporary art in Venice Marek Pokorný | venice biennale | 01.01.2003
OIL AND COURAGE OR ONLY TO THE EDGE OF THE 50TH BIENNIAL FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN VENICE
"“The moon shines nowhere as sweetly and as dreamily as it does in Venice.”Jan NerudaThe Venice Biennial is still the only exhibition of contemporary world art in which — unlike Sao Paolo, Istanbul, Quangzhu or Lyon and Valencia — Czech art critics not only regularly take part, but to which they regularly (albeit with doubtful success) refer.The Venice Biennial is accessible for us not only…
Venice as Usual: An Overdose Janka Vukmir | venice biennale | 01.01.2003
VENICE AS USUAL: AN OVERDOSE
"It might be unpopular — but true — to say that there is too much of everything in Venice. Too many artists, too many exhibitions, too many curators, concepts, meetings, publications, Euros spent, and this year the absolute record of too many degrees C°; the latter being the dominant but least interesting ingredient in the overdose. The multitude of places, protagonists and art products pose the…
Venice Over Absolut Pavel Vančát | venice biennale | 01.01.2003
VENICE OVER ABSOLUT
I would like to add my two bits to the maelstrom of reports storming out of this year’s Biennale, personal and touristy, bobbing on the waves of the long steamy afternoons, like a wobbly gondola on a Venetian waterway. Under the helpful patronage of the company Absolut, the two-and-a-half-day stay I enjoyed in Venice allowed me to experience not only the services of the airline Alitalia and the…
Before and After the Opening Jasmina Čubrilo | venice biennale | 01.01.2003
BEFORE AND AFTER THE OPENING
"1. Looking a little bit backward Harald Szeemann, the director of last year’s Venice Biennial, started his introductory text in the catalogue accompanying this event with the following question: “Do such large exhibitions still make sense?” Apart from Szeemann’s implicit affirmative, which justifies the very existence of this exhibition by means of elaborating its concept and the choice of…
Zuzana Štefková | venice biennale | 01.01.2003
TERROR = DÉCOR: ART NOW
Despite the fact that the Slovenian exposition Terror = décor: art now in Venice cam away with no prizes, it ranks alongside some of the most interesting projects in this summer’s Biennale. Žiga Kariž works with the theme of the commodification of violence in his project, with the viewpoint that artwork comes back to the viewer. The equation Terror = décor contains different possible readings for…

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