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World Report

Manifesta 3 and the Lyon Biennale 2000

WIDESPREAD SNIPING AT MEGA-SHOWS THAT attempt to survey the contemporary moment doesn’t seem to discourage arts organizations from putting them on, but it does make curators careful about setting their parameters. Two big European shows this summer promise (once again) expansive retakes on the familiar conceit. Both rely heavily on a metaphor or theme to embody the “problem” of internationalism; one is suspicious, the other celebratory.

Manifesta 3, dubbed “Borderline Syndrome: Energies of Defense,” takes place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 23 to September q. Curated by Francesco Bonami, Ole Bouman, Mária Hlavajová, and Kathrin Rhomberg, it is the third in a series of pan-European biennials and the first to take place in Eastern Europe. Not surprisingly, the theme—borderline syndrome—takes its cues from the site. The psychoanalytic overtones (Lacanian Slavoj Žižek is a shadow figure here)

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