The Venice Architecture Biennale of 1991 was a peculiar edition: it was the only biennale – so far – without a theme, title, manifesto or agenda. Since the 1990s, the curatorial concepts in Venice have often been dismissed as meaningless. In 1991, Francesco Dal Co made choices in the run-up to the biennale, but these were not substantive. In this article, the possibility of an architecture exhibition as a ‘fair’ is presented – the exhibition as mimesis, showing what is happening in Western architecture culture without trying to propose an argument or an idea.
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