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Antrepo 3 & 5

12th Istanbul Biennial

Untitled

 GETA BRATESCU, Vestigii No 11, 1978, textile collage on paper. Courtesy the artist and Ivan Gallery, Bucharest.

Co-curators Jens Hoffmann and Adriano Pedrosa took the 2011 Istanbul Biennial as an opportunity to reconsider the increasingly formulaic conventions of mega-exhibitions. Rather than adopting a ponderous theoretical construct or contriving a vague, all-encompassing theme, they selected the work of a single artist, Cuban-American sculptor Félix González-Torres (1957–96), as a “point of departure” for the biennial, even using the format of the artist’s titles for the…

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