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KYIV

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Arsenale 2012 — Kyiv Biennale

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times—Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art

WEI DONG, Nosy #1, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 102 x 101 cm. Courtesy the artist and Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong.

A biennial is not just another exhibition—the scale required is ambitious, funding is tenuous, educational programs, satellite shows and other “add-ons” are mandatory, and popular yet credible themes must constantly be generated. In addition, there are numerous stakeholders, each with a different idea of what a successful outcome might be.

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