Venice 2011 – a short comment
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Venice 2011 – a short comment

12/06/2011

Just back from Venice and the Biennale….the most interesting general tendency to me was retrospection and recuperation of the past. From Tintoretto in the International show to Monastyrski, Boltanski, Gotovac, Schlingensief and more it felt like revisiting our parents or grandparents. even works like the excellent Polish Pavilion by Yael Bartana were looking back and Mike Nelson reconstructed a previous work from Istanbul. Is this a sign of a culture in decay or a sign of something about to happen? Reminds me a bit of my early teens in the mid-seventies when the best music was always at least 10 years old and the best thing to do was repeat it. In 1976 we were desperate for something – and then punk happened. Any chance the same could happen in art today?