1st Edition

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

By Stephen Naylor Copyright 2020
    224 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 16 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.

    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


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