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Tim Griffin talks with curator Daniel Birnbaum about the 53rd Venice Biennale

ON JUNE 7, THE 53RD VENICE Biennale will open, curated by DANIEL BIRNBAUM—himself no stranger to the biennial format, having organized grand shows over the past decade in locations around the world, from Turin, Italy, to Yokohama, Japan. Titled “Fare Mondi//Making Worlds//Bantin Duniyan//Weltenmachen//Construire des Mondes//Fazer Mundos . . . ,” Birnbaum’s exhibition seems particularly reflective of both his cosmopolitanism and his inclusiveness, featuring more than ninety artists and expanding the exhibition’s parameters beyond the traditional venues of the Giardini and the Arsenale. Last month, Artforum editor Tim Griffin phoned Birnbaum—who is director of the Städelschule in Frankfurt as well as a longtime contributing editor for the magazine—to discuss plans for this year’s Biennale amid uncertain cultural and economic circumstances.

Tomás Saraceno, Galaxy forming along filaments, like droplets along the strands of a spider’s web, 2008, elastic, dimensions variable.

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