Saturday, February 28, 2009

Biennale Fun Facts

  • The year the biennial was born: The Venice Biennale in 1895

  • Biennials/Triennials currently active: over 60

  • Year of the first biennial in Asia: 1952 with the Tokyo Biennale

  • Percentage of biennials initiated by the government vs independent: 65%: 35%

  • Biggest budget for a biennial since 1990: Gwangju Biennale with an average budget of over$US12 million

  • Lowest budget for a biennial since 1990: The 1st Tirana Biennale with a budget of $US 30,000

  • For a hundred years from 1890s to 1980s, only 17 biennials were in existence. Today, there are over 60.

These facts about art biennales come from Art Asia Archive:

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