Bucharest Biennale 7: “What are we building down there?”

Various Venues
May 26–July 17

Curated by Niels Van Tomme

Some of the most interesting thinking about biennials today is coming from curators who are abandoning standard exhibition formats, staging a season of performances, for example, or a series of talks instead. The team organizing the seventh Bucharest Biennale is making one such radical departure, shifting the focus away from traditional venues and on to twenty-one advertising billboards scattered throughout the city. For the Brooklyn-based Van Tomme, the decision is partly practical and mostly conceptual, a bold response to the strange, multifaceted phenomenon of postsocialist privatization in Romania. Van Tomme has enlisted twenty-one artists—including Adelita Husni-Bey, Nasan Tur, and Brendan Fernandes, and many who work collectively or in pairs, such as Metahaven, Lehman Brothers, and Visible Solutions LLC—to take up the challenge of reacting to a political and economic landscape with singular images that will inevitably become a part of that landscape, whether celebratory or critical or somewhere in between.