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52nd Venice Biennale and documenta 12

Ai Weiwei, Template (2007), Julia Zimmermann, documenta GmbH, Photo by Julia Zimmermann

It was perhaps unfortunate but certainly fitting that the two most anticipated international art events of 2007, the 52nd Venice Biennale and documenta12 in Kassel, Germany, bore striking similarity to each other. Both Venice director Robert Storr (see AAP 53) and documenta’s team of Roger Buergel and Ruth Noack (see AAP 53) combined established—and even forgotten—artists with emerging talent while toning down spectacle in favor of introspection. Both took on enigmatic themes, with Storr titling his…

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