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First Contemporary Art Biennale of Thessaloniki May 23, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Exhibitions Greece.

‘Heterotopia as the process of art’

Almost every major arts and culture venue in Thessaloniki is hosting some part of an enormous, ambitious art exhibition this summer. Titled “Heterotopias” and featuring 77 artists from 41 countries, the First Contemporary Art Biennale of Thessaloniki addresses the issue of “center versus periphery.”

Inaugurated at the State Museum of Contemporary Art on May 21, the exhibition is about locating “heterotopias”, misplacement or displacement, in global art and juxtaposing the real world with that of art.

The philosophy behind organizing yet another international biennale of contemporary art was explained by the acclaimed art historian Catherine David, former director of the famed Documenta art expo in Kassel, Germany, and currently one of the three curators responsible for the Thessaloniki event. The French curator was invited to recommend works by artists from the Middle East. Contemporary Art Museum director Maria Tsantsanoglou is curator of art from Central Asia and from the countries of the former Soviet bloc, while Jan-Erik Lundstrom, director of Sweden’s Bild Museet in Umea, recommended artists from Africa and Latin America.

David’s recommendations reveal a generation of artists who worked according to their own rules, under particular political circumstances, and who transformed reality in a truly essential manner. For many of the artists this is the first time their work will be on display at an international event.

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