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María Isabel Rueda, El fin (The End), 2013, printed polyester banner, 98' 5“ x 78' 9”. From the 43 Salón (inter) Nacional de Artistas: “SaberDesconocer” (To Know Not to Know). Edificio Antioquia.

43 Salón (inter) Nacional de Artistas

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María Isabel Rueda, El fin (The End), 2013, printed polyester banner, 98' 5“ x 78' 9”. From the 43 Salón (inter) Nacional de Artistas: “SaberDesconocer” (To Know Not to Know). Edificio Antioquia.

Is there really a need for yet another international biennial? I wouldn’t have thought so, but this exhibition, titled “SaberDesconocer” (To Know Not to Know), following no less than forty-two previous incarnations of the “national salon of Colombian artists,” has revised its designation to become the 43 Salón (inter) Nacional de Artistas—and with those gingerly parens and that distinctly lowercase i, the biennial has managed to find just the right balance, showcasing the strength of Colombian art by indicating its broader context, highlighting both connections and particularities. Along with a team of four curators, artistic director Mariángela Méndez has gathered works by 108 artists, of whom more than half are Colombian and another quarter from elsewhere in Latin America. The inclusion of a few regulars on the biennial circuit (Ernesto Neto, Jimmie Durham, Jeremy Deller,

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