OBOE Journal On Biennials and Other Exhibitions is a bi-annual, double-blind peer-reviewed, open access, online journal devoted to the study of contemporary art and exhibitions. OBOE Journal intends to investigate the ever-changing relationships between works and spectators in periodic exhibitions as well as their cultural politics, expanding its scope towards the exhibitionary in a broader sense. This includes the moment of exposition, when the artwork, understood as an activator of multiple layers of perception composes our experience of the infinitely complex contemporary moment.

Vol 1 No 1 (2020)
Why Venice?

OBOE Journal On Biennials and Other Exhibitions launches its first issue with a focus on the Venice Biennale. Born in 1895, the Venice exhibition, although the criticism for its limitations, is still one of the most significant and defining events of the contemporary art calendar. Many are the studies devoted to the Venice Biennale, but many are the gaps and fallacies that remain around the analysis of this exhibition. Attending to some of these oversights in Why Venice? remains critically important, and not just because this is our first issue, but primarily because it intends to answer something we felt was fundamental.

Contributors: Caroline A. Jones, Maria Mimita Lamberti, Vittoria Martini, Clarissa Ricci, Camilla Salvaneschi, Martina Tanga, Angela Vettese.

Call for Papers

OBOE Journal reviews submissions on a rolling basis.
Submission deadlines:  January 2021; March 2021.

OBOE Research Platform topics (ongoing)
Studies on the Venice Biennale: National Pavilions

Special issues in preparation: 

OPERA-FANÌA: ON THE OSTENSIVE CONDITIONS OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Submission deadline: January 20, 2021

EXHIBITING PRINTS: THE ROLE OF PRINTED MATTER IN INTERNATIONAL, LARGE-SCALE EXHIBITIONS

Abstract submission: December 10, 2020

Further details on OBOE Journal’s Call for Papers can be found here.