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Have we reached peak biennial?

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5 December 2016

Episode 269

28 minutes

When almost every city in the world seemingly has one, what is the role of the biennial? We wonder who does this soft-power attraction best and which parts of the world benefit from them as a showcase of how dynamic and cultural they can be.

5 December 2016

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Jane Morris, editor at large of ‘The Art Newspaper’

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Jane Morris and Robert Bound discuss whether we’ve reach peak biennial and if the circuit is getting a bit wearing.

13 minutes

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Chapter 2

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Kochi-Muziris Biennale

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We hear about the third Kochi-Muziris Biennale in southern India, which has a strong focus on education.

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Chapter 3

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Harlem Biennale

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Edward Hillel has taken the biennale business structure and flipped it on its head to create the Harlem Biennale in New York. He tells Monocle’s Clarissa Pharr why it is beneficial to an area trying to deal with gentrification.

6 minutes

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Chapter 4

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Monologue: Kimberly Bradley

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Monocle’s Vienna correspondent Kimberly Bradley muses on the good things that we can take away from biennials.

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