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the 51st Venice Biennale

ONE CENTURY. That’s about how long it took the Venice Biennale to figure out that a woman could indeed head the city’s renowned international festival for contemporary art. Perhaps in an effort to compensate for decades of missed opportunities, the new Biennale president Davide Croff and his fellow board members chose not one but two women to run the fifty-first edition next summer: María de Corral and Rosa Martínez. Both Spaniards have already curated the Spanish pavilion at Venice—de Corral presented the work of Jorge Oteiza and Susana Solano in 1988, and Martínez let Santiago Sierra close the pavilion to all but those carrying Spanish passports in 2003. De Corral, who formerly directed Madrid’s Reina Sofía and the visual arts division of Barcelona’s Fundació “la Caixa,” will oversee the Italian pavilion. The Arsenale will be curated by Martínez, chief curator at the new Istanbul Museum

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