The Biennial without Airways

The Second Riga Biennial RIBOCA2: ‘and suddenly it all blossoms’

The habit of international art lovers chasing biennials was to drop from the sky into an unknown city. Or, to find a familiar city in metamorphosis, its innards rearranged to reveal hidden treasures and renew the tarnish of neglect. However, with national isolations and grey shutters, even the carefree Venice, its feted event enduring over 58 editions, now mourns the COVID related death of past curator Germano Celant, deferring until a glimmering 2022. Regulation and caution has grounded the international art world…