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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Biennale Round-up: Venice 09/Sydney 10

Todd Heisler/The New York Times

“The Collectors,” an installation by Elmgreen & Dragset.

The New York Times is reporting that this year's Venice Biennale is a more somber, quiet affair with several budget cuts making the infamous parties and events more low-key. One of the biggest hits according to the Times was the installation, “The Collectors,” by Berlin-based team Elmgreen & Dragset who set up a house of dysfunctional family members including one dead in the pool. Installed in the Danish and Nordic Pavilions, it is clear that the North Europeans sure know how to despair well.

The Biennale of Sydney has also launched their 2010 theme and website. Entitled ‘THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age’ and curated by David Elliott, the Biennale of Sydney will be held from the 12 May – 1 August 2010. According to Elliott, the title of the 17th BoS;‘Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age’ is inspired by Harry Everett Smith (1923–91)who compiled a historic recording, Anthology of American Folk Music, known to many blues and roots enthusiasts and released during the combative 1950's.

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