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GLOBAL TENDENCIES: GLOBALISM AND THE LARGE-SCALE EXHIBITION

When Francesco Bonami, director of last summer’s Venice Biennale, famously wrote in his exhibition catalogue that “The ‘Grand Show’ of the 21st century must allow multiplicity, diversity and contradiction to exist inside the structure of an exhibition . . . a world where the conflicts of globalization are met by the romantic dreams of a new modernity,” it was reasonable to imagine that he was responding to structural and thematic questions posed by Okwui Enwezor in his Documenta 11 of the preceding year. After all, the Nigerian-born curator, focusing on the issue of globalization, had in a sense defocused his event, dividing it into “platforms”—conferences and lecture series engaging figures from a wide range of disciplines—that took place at different locales around the world over the course of the year leading up to the installation in Kassel. Of course, this very commonality sets up a

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