Jennifer Allen

France's Culture War; Remembering Jean Rouch; More

February 2004

As twenty thousand French artists and intellectuals protest the government's cultural policies, Libération's Antoine Baecque investigates culture minister Jean-Jacques Aillagon's role in the “war on the intelligentsia.”  Plus: Le … READ ON

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First Takes on the Berlin Biennial; More

February 2004

Critics weigh in on the Berlin Biennial; Die Zeit takes issue with MoMA's “prepackaged” traveling exhibition; and, after having his nomination blocked in the Italian senate, Davide Croff manages to secure the presidency of the Venice … READ ON

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The Musée d'Art Moderne's New Venue; More

February 2004

The Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris inaugurates “Le Club des Cordeliers”; the Louvre goes after younger visitors; would-be Venice Biennale president Davide Croff suffers a setback; and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation… READ ON

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Surasi Kusolwong

February 2004

Having made several pit stops around the world, Surasi Kusolwong's market of colorful and cheap plastic goods has just landed in Malmö. His first solo show in Europe, “No Conclusion (Time Is the Answer)” presents his now-familiar wares—from… READ ON

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Was ist in meiner Wohnung wenn ich nicht da bin?”

February 2004

“What is in my apartment when I'm not there?” Artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss first asked the question; curators Caroline Eggel and Christiane Rekade invited sixteen artists to find an answer. The results—arranged, appropriately,… READ ON

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Jeu de Paume Transforms; Filiale Returns; More

February 2004

The Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume is transformed into a center for photo and video art; the Swiss contemporary art organization Filiale returns; and the Italian senate balks at the latest proposed changes to the Venice Biennale.… READ ON

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Critical Obsolescence; Bern's Contemporary Art Museum; More

January 2004

Die Zeit's Hanno Rauterberg argues that rampant conflicts of interest are destroying the practice of criticism; plans for Bern's new contemporary art museum move ahead; and Italy allows private companies greater control over cultural treasures.… READ ON

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Croff to Head Biennale; “Mythos RAF” Finds a Loophole; More

January 2004

Davide Croff is named the new president of the Venice Biennale; the Berlin Kunst-Werke's “Mythos RAF” skirts constraints by rejecting public financing; and Libération remembers E.A.T. cofounder Billy Klüver.  Plus: News in brief … READ ON

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Agamben Protests Fingerprinting; Tate Tours; More

January 2004

Philosopher Giorgio Agamben protests the move to fingerprint foreigners entering the United States; La Repubblica wonders at the motives behind the Tate's new travel venture; and Italian minister of culture Giuliano Urbani searches for a … READ ON

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Privatization Proceeds in Venice; Notes on Kinkade

January 2004

As the Venice Biennale opens its doors to private investors and prepares to name a new president, Italy's cultural commentators wonder just how Silvio Berlusconi fits into the picture. Plus: Germany discovers all-American painter Thomas … READ ON

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