Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Has the Venice Biennale’s World Been Turned Upside Down for Good?

When George Washington (with some help from the French) forced the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Yorktown to end the American Revolution in 1781, the British played a little ditty called “The World Turned Upside Down” at the surrender ceremony. At this year’s Venice Biennale, the world of national art exhibitions and competitions may be turned upside down for good thanks to a new revolution in anti-nationalism challenging the old system. Guillermo Calzadilla and Jennifer Allora’s Gloria, part of which (called “Track and Field”) features a tank turned upside down in an inversion of militant nationalism (shown above), belongs to the contingent representing the United States. Since 1895, the Venice Biennale has provided a forum for countries to compete in an arts Olympics, but will that tradition last much longer? Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Has the Venice Biennale’s World Been Turned Upside Down for Good?"

[Image: Guillermo Calzadilla and Jennifer Allora. Gloria. 2011.]

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