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The Venice Biennale and the Asia-Pacific in the Global Art World

1st Edition

By Stephen Naylor


224 pages | 48 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138480780
pub: 2020-06-08
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This monograph uses the national pavilions of the Venice Biennale as a vehicle to examine the development of international contemporary art trends within the Asia-Pacific region including Australia, Japan and Korea, and sixteen additional national entities who have had less continuous participation in this global art event.

Analysing both the spatial and visual representation of contemporary art presented at the Venice Biennale and incorporating the politics behind national selections, this monograph provides insights into a range of important elements of the global art industry. Areas analysed include: national cultural trends and strategies, the inversion of the peripheral to the centre stage of the Biennale, geopolitics in gaining exhibition space at the Venice Biennale, curatorial practices for contemporary art presentation, and artistic trends that seek to deal with major economic, cultural, religious and environmental issues emerging from non-European art centres.

This monograph will be of interest to scholars in art history, museum studies, and Asia-Pacific cultural history.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Overview

1. The Venice Biennale: a history of globalised contemporary art

Part 2: New Nations in the Venice Biennale

2. Australia seeks to find its space in Venice.

Getting into the Giardini di Castello - The early days

Greater alignment with the contemporary

The temporary Australian National Pavilion - Making do

Time for a new Australian National Pavilion?

The new pavilion

3. East meets West through the Ishibashi Foundation

4. ARKO and not so temporary Korean Pavilion

Part 3: Out of the Giardini

5. The Peoples Republic of China

6. This is not a National Pavilion

7. Beyond the Occidental

8. Art of the Pacific

Part 4: Conclusion

About the Author

Stephen Naylor is a professor at James Cook University Australia and currently holds the position of Chair, Academic Board.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art Museums and Exhibitions

Routledge Research in Art Museums and Exhibitions is a new series focusing on museums, collecting, and exhibitions from an art historical perspective. Proposals for monographs and edited collections on this topic are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General
ART / History / General
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART / Asian
ART / Art & Politics
ART / Australian & Oceanian
ART / Museum Studies
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Australia & New Zealand