PRINT Summer 1966

A Preview of the 1966 Venice Biennale

IDEALLY A BIENNALE IS MORE than an international exhibition of current art events. It is a research laboratory, to which the artists from each participating country bring their latest findings. It has been proven again and again over the years that art movements of real vitality are more than national; they leap borders and often linger abroad with great effect before and after they are valued at home. While the great burden of transmitting the news in the world of art is on the traveling exhibition, the traveling artist and the art magazines, the Biennales also do their part. When they have been more successful in canonization than in discovery, they have fulfilled an important public function. When they have brought new talent to light, another function, more private and delicate, has been exercised.

The representation at a Biennale should serve a double purpose, to honor achievement at

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