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PERSPECTIVE

Biennials and Infrastructural Shift—Part II

BY TERRY SMITH

Rethinking the Biennial

Exhibition view during the 28th São Paulo Biennial, in a section of the Oscar Niemeyer-designed Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, the main exhibition venue, controversially left entirely empty, São Paulo, 2008. Photo by Andres Otero. Courtesy São Paulo Biennial.

This is the second in a two-part extract from Terry Smith’s recently released book, Thinking Contemporary Curating (by DAP for Independent Curators International, New York). Both parts are available on the AAP website.

Since 2000, the biennial has been widely seen as undergoing…

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