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Nikolaj Larsen, Ode to the Perished, 2011, Concrete Canvas, dimensions variable. From the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale.

3rd Thessaloniki Biennale

Nikolaj Larsen, Ode to the Perished, 2011, Concrete Canvas, dimensions variable. From the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale.

The main program of the Third Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, which is titled “A Rock and a Hard Place,” focuses on the Mediterranean and on the Arab world in an attempt to designate Thessaloniki as a “cultural crossroads,” in accordance with the development of a new profile for the city by the Hellenic ministry of culture and tourism and local authorities. The biennial has therefore been expanded to cross the city not only in terms of space but also time: The intention of the curators Paolo Colombo, Mahita el Bacha Urieta, and Marina Fokidis is to relate contemporary art to the history of the city by creating a path between contemporary art spaces, local museums, and historical monuments—a narrative interweaving ancient, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras with modernism and contemporary culture. This approach to the past is reflected in the overarching title “Old

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