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Review of 'Dreams and Conflicts, the Dictatorship of the Viewer', Venice Biennale

Jones, Alison and Bannerman, Margot. 2003. Review of 'Dreams and Conflicts, the Dictatorship of the Viewer', Venice Biennale. Socialist Review, 276, ISSN 0161-1801 [Article]

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The 50th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale is an immense event which runs until the beginning of November. It consists of the work of hundreds of artists in exhibitions spread over 64 national pavilions, themed shows in the Arsenale and Museo Correr, and numerous additional exhibitions and events at venues around the city. Established in 1895, one of the original ambitions of the Biennale was to promote a 'universal language of art'. Today the problems of such an aspiration and the complexities of processing the amassed contemporary art from every continent are considerable. The viewer is presented with constant dilemmas in negotiating work that operates on such disparate levels and is cast adrift from its original context.

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18 Aug 2015 10:41

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16 Jun 2017 14:57

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/12770
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