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European Biennials: Art in Context
Munster, Germany; Venice, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
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Restrictions: Otis applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Faculty Led Open To: All Majors
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore Credit Type: Studio
Course Name/ CRN: EUROPEAN BIENNIALS/ 10162 # of Units Offered: 2
Non-Refundable Fee $150.00:
*Is charged only when one "Commits" to a travel program
Program Description:
Kassel Germany Biennial

Biennials: The Grand Tour exposes students to the complex political, cultural, economic and aesthetic histories of biennials and encourages critical analysis of this relatively recent phenomenon and the art presented within its bounds. The program focuses on three of the most important “Biennials” that coincide once every ten years in central Europe: The Venice Biennale, Documenta, and Munster Skulptur Projekte. Starting with 4 pre-trip meetings during the semester, students will develop a historical, economic, aesthetic, and professional understanding of our three venues.  Organized lectures, studio visits, and site visits with curators, artists, and administrators will give students behind-the-scenes insights into the process of curating, producing, and making artwork for a large international stage. Once on site, discussions and workshops will lead students in evaluating curatorial decisions, artistic decisions, and the impact of the exhibition on local communities.   In addition, these exhibitions raise larger issues of nationalism, regional identities and conflicts, the north/south (developed/underdeveloped) conflict as well as the topic of tourism as it developed since the 19th century.  Students will keep journals, contribute to a blog, and complete an examination at the end of the course.

Venice, Italy, and Kassel & Munster, Germany

June 9, 2017: Depart from Los Angeles (LAX)
June 22, 2017: Return to Los Angeles (LAX)

Date: OCT 19
Room: Galef 218
Time: 11:15am

(based on a minimum of 12 paying participants, price subject to change based on number of participants)
Otis Students: $1,950

Six nights Hotel accommodations in Venice (Generator Hostel or similar- multi bed rooms with private bathroom)
Seven day Venice Vaporetto pass
One way train ticket: Venice-Munich-Kassel (overnight train in 4 person sleeper compartment)
Two nights Hotel Accommodation in Kassel at Hotel Tryp Wyndham City Center Kassel
One way bus ticket: Kassel- Munster
Three nights Hotel Accommodation in Munster (Stadhotel Munster or similar)
Breakfast included at the hotel daily
1 Dinner
Gratuities for the bus drivers (as needed)
Gratuities for the tour manager
A professionally guided tour of Venice
Admission Punta della Dogana
Venice Biennale Three Day Ticket (a 48 hour ticket and one day ticket)
Admission Venice Accademia
Admission to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
Three day Kassel Transportation Pass and single tickets for arrival and departure day
Three day Documenta Ticket
Munster Sculpture Project Catalogue
Trip delay and medical insurance coverage up to $50,000 per person
(activities subject to change)

Not Included
Visa/Passport Fees (if needed)
Personal Expenses
Some Meals
Air Fare

Program Resources 
Biennial Powerpoint.pdf
Lead Faculty Contact, Alex Slade
Dept. of State, Italy
Dept. of State, Germany

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 11/01/2017 12/10/2018 TBA TBA