Art Basel Conversations | Public/Private | What can a Biennial do?
In recent decades, biennials have proliferated as the art world has scaled in size and global reach. They provide a point of convergence for the art world, expose large audiences to art and catalyze interest in cities and regions with global aspirations. But along with the popularity of biennials also come questions and concerns: How can such enormous events achieve impact and propose a strong curatorial point of view? How can the art world avoid biennial-fatigue? Can biennials provide an alternative viewpoint from the marketplace? What exactly should be the proper relationship between biennials and collectors? What sort of curatorial, institutional or technological innovations can help ensure the vibrancy and relevance of art biennials going forward?
Ralph Rugoff, Artistic Director, 2019 Venice Biennale, and Director, Hayward Gallery, London; Zoe Butt, Artistic Director, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, and Co-Curator, Sharjah Biennial 14, Ho Chi Minh City; Eva González-Sancho, Curator, Oslo Biennale 2019, Oslo; Shwetal A. Patel, Researcher and Writer, London Moderator: András Szántó.