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Venice Biennale 2003

Venice Biennale 2003 © Photos: Haupt & Binder / universes.art

50th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

15 June - 2 November 2003

Title: Dreams and Conflicts - The Viewer's Dictatorship

Artistic Director: Francesco Bonami

10 exhibitions conceived by different curators
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Dreams and Conflicts - The Viewer's Dictatorship

Artistic director Francesco Bonami presents the International Show of the 50th Venice Biennial under the main theme "Dreams and Conflicts - The Viewer's Dictatorship", as an "exhibition of exhibitions". Ten projects at the Arsenale and at the Giardini have been conceived by different curators, including two by Bonami himself.

Together with the official presentations by countries and institutions as well as numerous special exhibitions and projects, they are to be perceived as "islands" of a complex "archipelago", which the visitors explore like a "global map".

Has it ever been different in Venice? But certainly, in view of the mass of art at this Biennale, it has never been so necessary to simply ignore large parts of the "archipelago" as the first act of the "viewer's dictatorship," so to speak.

In line with the focus of our project "Universes in Universe - Worlds of Art", we focused our tour on the presence of art from Africa, Asia and Latin America, which this time was more abundant than ever.

Pat Binder & Gerhard Haupt, Universes in Universe, 2003
see also our Editorial

Central exhibitions:

On our old static website we have presented these 6 of the 10 central exhibitions:

Further exhibitions of "Dreams and Conflicts":

Curator: Francesco Bonami

Individual Systems
Curator: Igor Zabel

Delays and Revolutions
Curators: Francesco Bonami and Daniel Birnbaum

The Zone
Young Italian artists. Curator: Massimiliano Gioni

presented on our old static website

Special presentation:

Title: Reverie and Phantasm in the Epoch of Global Trauma. Commissioner, curator: Apinan Poshyananda. Artists: Kamol Phaosavasdi, Tawatchai Puntusawasdi, Michael Shaowanasai, Vasan Sitthiket, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Montri Toemsombat, Sakarin Krue-On. Venue: Viale Garibaldi

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