Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The Hong Kong Biennial somehow claimed itself as one of earliest biennales in Asia. Its first chaper was held in 1970s but nothing has been really changed as its nature as a local art contest. In spite of many expectations in the Hong Kong arts community, it made its "big" step simply to change its title to "Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Award".
The first Jakarta Biennale was held in 1968 with a different title. It also takes it ages to evolve. Finally it went international this year. And Ade Darmanwen is the artistic director.