Thursday, November 22, 2007

Taipei Biennial 2008 Curators: Vasif Kortun and Manray Hsu

The Taipei Fine Arts Museum announced yesterday that the Taipei Biennial 2008 curators are Vasif Kortun and Manray Hsu.

The exhibition is slated for September 2008 so it can hook up with the other biennials that take place in Asia during that time period.

Vasif Kortun served as director of the Istanbul Biennial in 1992 and 2005 and was curator of the Turkish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1998.

Manray Hsu was the 2000 Taipei Biennial co-curator. At that time, despite numerous entreaties from the museum, his curatorial essay never materialized, so the 2000 Taipei Biennial catalog was published along with the 2002 Taipei Biennial catalog. Hey, he’s got a second chance. Will Manray Hsu write a curatorial essay this time around?

Here he claims to have a PhD from Columbia University:

But strangely enough, his published dissertation never shows up in database searches.
Gasp! Could Manray Hsu be spreading falsehoods about his credentials?

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