Issue/45/

HAPPENINGS

STATE OF THE ART

Venice on my Mind

by Simon Winchester

There is much excitement— all faithfully recorded in these pages— at the appearance of so many hitherto unseen Asian faces in the exhibition spaces of this year's Venice Biennale. The Chinese have now arrived in force; the Indians are finally there again for the second time since the early 1980s; the Afghans; New Zealanders and young artists from Hong Kong, all relative newcomers, enthused and bewildered as they install their art and marvel at the ancient city with its flooded streets.

It is as…

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