PRINT May 2001

World Report

Biennial Angst

Does the world really need another every-other-year contemporary art exhibition? The Palm Pilots of peripatetic curators, critics, collectors, and artists are already overloaded with dates of departure to Venice, Havana, and Kwangju. Now, add Valencia—the Spanish city best known for its oranges and its annual pyromaniacal tradition of burning giant papier-mache sculptures in the streets. The first Bienal de Valencia will open June 13 and remain on view through October 20.

Luigi Settembrini, director of the new biennial, plans to create a citywide “spectacle” loosely inspired by the Passions and showcasing not only contemporary art but film, fashion, and design to emphasize today’s cross-disciplinary culture. Refreshingly, Settembrini looked beyond the usual suspects and enlisted a cadre of curators from different fields, including film director Peter Greenaway and theater designer

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