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Venice has become the model for a new breed of show in which architecture steals the glamour from art

By Deyan Sudjic   September 2004

For the last 20 years, everybody and his dog has been trying to stage an art biennale in the hope of acquiring reflected glamour from the high-profile openings, parties and feuds that go with such events. But Venice, which invented the idea of a once-every-two-years art beano in the first place, has managed to keep architecture all to itself. The city came up with the idea of an international architectural event at the start of the 1980s in an attempt to fill up its municipal gardens, which were full of crumbling national pavilions in the off years between art biennales.…

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