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Biennials: The Exhibitions We Love to Hate – Book Launch

Biennials: The Exhibitions We Love to Hate

Lund Humphries is delighted to host this special event to launch the new book: Biennials: The Exhibitions We Love to Hate by Rafal Niemojewski. This first book in the series New Directions in Contemporary Art, Biennials examines one of the most signi­ficant recent transitions in the contemporary-art world: the proliferation of large-scale international recurrent survey shows of contemporary art, commonly referred to as contemporary biennials. Since the mid-1980s biennials have been instrumental in shaping curating as an autonomous practice. They have also been responsible for substantially reconfi­guring the art world and disrupting the existing value chain of the art market, which now relies on biennials as much as it does on major museums’ acquisitions and exhibitions.

To mark the publication of his new book, Biennials: The Exhibitions We Love to Hate, author Rafal Niemojewski is joined by art historian Jacky Klein to discuss contemporary biennials.

Rafal Niemojewski is Director of the Biennial Foundation. Jacky Klein is an art historian, writer and broadcaster specialising in modern and contemporary art. She is currently Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute overseeing the masters programme, ‘Curating the Art Museum’.

They will discuss the key developments in the contemporary exhibition-making from 1989 to the present day.


Biennials: The Exhibitions We Love to Hate by Rafal Niemojewski is published by Lund Humphries (Paperback $34.99/£19.99). Visit Lund Humphries’ website and use code BIENNIALS20 at checkout to apply the discount (includes free postage to the UK and US addresses). Offer valid until end 31 July 2021.

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