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Every one moment 12 months, these drawn to the positive arts from worldwide consider interested in the Biennale di Venezia . based in 1895, it s the best-known and oldest biennial in simple terms 50 years later through the Sao Paulo Biennial. nowa days the top layout for internationalization, the variety of new foundations has once again quickly elevated during globalization because the eigthies. Biennials are actually the one exhibition layout within which the influence of globalization expresses itself by way of arts. there's, although, little released info at the biennials of Sao Paulo, Habana, Istanbul, Sidney, or New Delhi, to call however the oldest. To which culture do biennials belong and what s the significance of this structure this present day? Which advancements do they replicate, which of them do they begin? throughout the photographs of twenty-two chosen biennials, the booklet seeks solutions for those questions. because of various illustrations and a listing of an important biennials based, this booklet supplies the 1st compact evaluate of this advanced subject.

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This development is also reflected in the fact that in 1933 the “Referat für Bildende Kunst” (Section for Visual Arts) in the Auswärtiges Amt was incorporated in the “Reich Ministry for Volk Enlightenment and Propaganda”. In 1930 the first music biennial was held, which was followed by biennials for film in 1932, theater in 1934, and architecture in 1975. In 1930, too, the biennial was by royal decree given the status of an autonomous administrative structure (Act no. 33 of Jan. 13, 1930) and was thus no longer controlled by Venice but by the fascist state of Italy.

Eczacibasi103, founded the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (IFCA), which has organized and provided most of the funding for the biennial, including the first one in 1987. It was preceded a year earlier by the first and only edition of the International Asian-European Art Biennale took place in Istanbul, which, “however, ended as a flop after several 52 103 Dr. Nejat F. Eczacibasi founded his company in 1942. Today it is a holding with 37 companies that produce pharmaceuticals, construction material, consumer goods and even information technology.

87 Critic and curator, co-founder of the independent Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF) Bassam El Baroni even refers to the two Egyptian biennials as “kitsch biennials”. “It is also apparent that this kitsch factor is the result of their usage of political, geographical and mythological histories that simulate the past but don’t seriously negotiate with the present. 89 48 84 Iolanda Pensa, 9th Cairo Biennale, (194) 2004. 85 Ibid. 86 Lilly Wei, (193) 2004. 87 Carey Lovelace, 9th Cairo Biennale, (195) 2003.

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