Jennifer Allen

  • news October 04, 2010

    International News Digest

    Judge Sides with Beuys Estate in Landmark Ruling; Larry Clark “Shocked” Over Exhibition Restriction; Takashi Murakami on Versailles Criticism; Problems in Prague; Moscow Accepts Critical Work in Louvre Exhibition; Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev on Documenta 13.


    A German court has made a landmark decision, which could have consequences for the future documentation and exhibition of bygone performance-art works. Heard in a Düsseldorf court, the case pitted the German artist copyright collecting agency VG Bild-Kunst against the Stiftung Museum Schloss Moyland, the Moyland castle museum foundation that holds the world’s largest collection of works by Joseph Beuys. The court decided in favor of VG Bild-Kunst: Documentary photographs of a Beuys performance can no longer be exhibited.

    As the Süddeutsche

  • news September 27, 2010

    International News Digest

    Russian Painters Threaten to Boycott Louvre; Controversy at São Paulo Bienal; Olafur Eliasson Wins Quadriga Prize; Numbers Spell Success for MAXXI


    A group of Russian painters are threatening to boycott an exhibition of contemporary Russian art planned for October at the Louvre. As Agence France-Presse reports, the move comes after works by one of the participating artists were censored for being too provocative with respect to Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin. “Seven artists declared that they would not participate in the exhibition out of solidarity with Avdeï Ter-Oganian, whose works were censored by the ministry of culture,” the Russian curator Marat Guelman told the AFP.

    One of Ter-Oganian’s works—a

  • news September 20, 2010

    International News Digest

    Larry Clark Rated-X; Schöllhammer Heads to Viennafair; Schulze Wins Prize at Cologne Fine Art and Antiquities Fair; Giacometti Auction Sale to Help Museums; Italy’s Cultural Minister Criticizes Tarantino.


    Movies, not art exhibitions, usually get rated. But a retrospective about the photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris has led to an exception. As Agence France-Presse reports, the retrospective, which opens on October 8, will be interdicted for visitors under eighteen years of age. The interdiction, a rarity for French museums, hits Clark’s first retrospective in the country. The exhibition will cover fifty years of Clark’s work through more than two hundred photographs, many of which have never been shown before. According to

  • news September 14, 2010

    International News Digest

    Joseph Beuys: Legacy and Litigation; Prince Claus Awards Announced; Cultural Capitals and Capital Woes; Hendrix and Handel


    The latest exhibition of Joseph Beuys’s work, Parallelprozesse (Parallel Processes) at Düsseldorf’s K20 state museum, seems to refer obliquely to a legal process that has just begun in the city to decide the status of photographs of a Beuys performance. The decision could not only have an impact on future Beuys exhibitions around the world, but could also set a precedent about documentary photographs of artists’ performances taken by other parties. As the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Catrin Lorch reports, widow Eva Beuys has been taking care of the estate since Beuys’s

  • news September 07, 2010

    International News Digest

    Neo Rauch Donates Works; New Museum for Mestre; Pinault Popular in Venice; Kahlo and Rivera’s New Face; Larry Gagosian’s Collection in Abu Dhabi


    Neo Rauch, the star of the New Leipzig School of painting, has donated his complete graphic oeuvre to the German city of Aschersleben. As the Süddeutsche Zeitung and Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk report, the gift includes forty paper works—lithographs, etchings, and photo-engravings—with a value estimated at $130,000. The fifty-year-old Rauch has also promised to give any future paper works to the city. While the painter was born in Leipzig, he grew up with his grandparents in Aschersleben after his parents were killed in a train accident. Aschersleben plans to

  • news August 30, 2010

    International News Digest

    Resistance to Murakami at Versailles; Gagosian in Paris; Who Chewed the Gum?; Rem Koolhaas’s Plans for Venice.


    For his exhibition at the Château de Versailles, Takashi Murakami is facing as much public resistance as his forerunner Jeff Koons faced two years ago. As Agence France-Presse reports, a number of petitions are already circulating against Murakami’s exhibition at the former royal residence of the “Sun King” Louis XIV, outside Paris. There’s also the threat of legal action as well as a protest planned for the opening on September 14. According to the president of the public castle, Jean-Jacques Aillagon, the protesters come from “extreme right fundamentalist

  • news August 23, 2010

    International News Digest

    After Schlingensief’s Death, Questions about the German Pavilion; Trouble at Germany’s Istanbul Academy; FIAC Celebrates Record Number of Applicants; Bob Dylan at the Statens Museum


    In the wake of Christoph Schlingensief’s death, many are wondering what will happen to the German Pavilion at the next Venice Biennale in 2011. As the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Barbara Gärtner reports, Schlingensief’s nomination last May to represent Germany raised more than a few eyebrows—not least from Gerhard Richter, who called his participation “a scandal.” Susanne Gaensheimer, the German pavilion curator and the director of Frankfurt’s Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), did not offer many details about the near future. “Now, we have to discuss things

  • news August 16, 2010

    International News Digest

    Visitor Records at German and Italian Museums; Stolen Polke Works Found; Prizes for Walther and Ullman.


    German and Italian museums are enjoying long lines outside their doors. As Der Standard and APA report, exhibition success stories in Germany include the Neo Rauch shows at Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne and Leipzig’s Museum der Bildenden Künste, the Ernst Ludwig Kirchner exhibition at Frankfurt’s Städel Museum, and the Frida Kahlo retrospective at Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau. The Kahlo retrospective, which opens on September 1 in Vienna’s Bank-Austria-Kunstforum, welcomed 200,000 visitors.

    Italian museums registered eighteen million visitors for the

  • news August 09, 2010

    International News Digest

    France’s “Cols Rouges” Under Investigation; Is the Internet Better for Art Information than for Art Market?; Photography, Fine Art, and Popular Practice


    The French guild of auction warehouse clerks at the Paris auction house Hôtel Drouot, also known as the “cols rouges” (red collars) for the distinctive collars on their uniforms, are under investigation for robbery and other charges. It seems that some guild members have taken advantage of their proximity to artworks and other valuables. According to a report in Le Quotidien, French police discovered a Gustave Courbet painting, Marc Chagall prints, a Picasso drawing, diamonds, and other valuables while searching the residences of “cols rouges” in December

  • news August 02, 2010

    International News Digest

    Looking into the Stendhal Syndrome; Hamsters in the Museum; Security Camera Art; Dog Days of August


    Does the Stendhal syndrome really exist? As Der Standard reports, Italian researchers want to take a closer look at the syndrome named after the French writer Stendhal who swooned after seeing too much beautiful art during a trip to Florence in 1817. The team of researchers––including doctors and psychologists from Florence and Pisa––want to measure the physical bodily reactions that occur when people look at impressive artworks. The researchers set up a multi-sensory path in a hall painted by the seventeenth-century artist Luca Giordano (1634–1705) in the Medici

  • news July 26, 2010

    International News Digest

    Italian Cultural Sector Faces Budget Cuts; Is the Venice Biennale too Pricey for Estonia?; A German at the British Architecture Pavilion; New Dates for Contemporary Istanbul Fair; Leopold Museum Sells Schiele to Pay Victim of Nazi Theft; Museum Ludwig and Suchan Kinoshita Honored


    The Italian government’s massive cuts to its own budget, thirty-two billion dollars for 2011–2012, are now being felt in the cultural realm. Le Monde’s Philippe Ridet focuses primarily on cuts to the performing arts––from theaters to operas––which will have to make do with one-third less of their annual budget, which has been slashed from 582 million dollars to 388 million dollars for the next year. “Many foundation and cultural associations will receive no further financing from the state starting in 2011,” writes Ridet.

    At the beginning of June, a demonstration was

  • news July 20, 2010

    International News Digest

    Pinault to Part with Christie’s?; Jonathan Franzen; Mona Hatoum Wins; Golden Lion for Rem Koolhaas; Spoerri Donates; Romanian Culture: Communist or Medieval?


    It’s only a rumor, but it seems to have traveled from France to Germany and a few open ears along the way. Citing an article in the French Journal des Arts, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s Angelika Heinick reports that the owner of Christie’s François Pinault is allegedly discussing the possible sale of his auction house with the Qatar royal family and Qatar Holding. Heinick is intrigued by the rumor. “It’s not totally improbable,” she writes, “since Pinault needs money for the maintenance of his foundations in Venice.”


    The American writer

  • news July 14, 2010

    International News Digest

    Hershman Leeson Wins 2010 d.velop digital art award; Gilbert and George: XL; Manifesta 8 Delays Opening; Sarkozy Photographer Booed at Arles Festival; Art History of World Cup; Cat Missing––Mummified.


    The American artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has been awarded the d.velop digital art award (ddaa) for 2010. As reports, the prize is awarded every two years by the Digital Art Museum in Berlin and comes with $25,500 as well as a solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bremen. Hershman Leeson, who lives in San Francisco, directs the film faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute and is a Professor Emeritus for digital art at the University of California, Davis. Active in media art since the 1970s, the artist is behind technological

  • news July 05, 2010

    International News Digest

    French Museums Look to Security and Budget Cuts; New Cancer Diagnosis for Schlingensief; Berlin's Postfuhramt Sold; Gallerists Head to Reykjavik; Palais de Tokyo Architects Chosen; South London Gallery Expands; England Reveals Salaries; Finns Have a Basic Right to Internet


    After a spectacular robbery six weeks ago at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the French minister of culture Frédéric Mitterrand has sent out a massive group e-mail about security to the country’s museum directors. As Le Monde reports, Mitterrand said that the prevention of robberies is “a priority in the heritage policy of France” and urged directors to recognize “the importance of inventory, checking, and documentation of the collections.”

    Mitterrand’s group e-mail does not seem to include information about financing the measures to

  • news June 28, 2010

    International News Digest

    French “Art” Pavilion Censored in Shanghai?; Germans Ponder Tearing Down Pavilion in Venice; The (Art) World According to Obrist; Zobernig Honored.


    The French pavilion at the Shanghai Expo seems to have been unofficially censored. As Le Monde’s Emmanuelle Lequeux reports, there is no official act of censorship, nor complaints and retributions. Yet the entrance to one of the French exhibitions has been restricted, its entrance blocked by a guard. The exhibition in question features artworks by the finalists for the 2009 Marcel Duchamp prize: the winner Saâdane Afif as well as Nicolas Moulin, Philippe Perrot, and Damien Deroubaix. Deroubaix’s work, a sculpture showing a grotesquely large head swallowing

  • news June 21, 2010

    International News Digest

    Museum Salaries Withheld Unless Quotas Met; Otto Muehl Apologizes; Judith Butler Refuses Civil Courage Prize; Green Touch for Documenta 13.


    There’s a new pressure to perform for the directors of municipal museums in Hamburg. As the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Till Briegleb reports, the next work contracts will tie the salaries of museum directors to goals set by the city’s cultural authority. Hubertus Gaßner, the director of Hamburg Kunsthalle, is cited as an example. Under the terms of the next work contract beginning in 2011, a full 20 percent of Gaßner’s salary will be withheld unless the director meets the preset goals of the municipal cultural authority. In this case, the goal is to reduce

  • news June 14, 2010

    International News Digest

    New Director for 104; Pinacoteca di Brera to Expand; Milan Debates Cattelan Sculptures; Growing Opposition to Milan’s MAC.


    José-Manuel Gonçalves has been chosen as the new director of the 104 space in Paris. As Le Monde’s Clarisse Fabre reports, the 131,000 square-foot complex in the Nineteenth has suffered from financial and managerial difficulties since its opening in October 2008. Gonçalvès, who has headed the arts and cultural center Ferme du Buisson in Marne-la-Vallée since 1999, replaces Robert Cantarella and Frédéric Fisbach, who decided not to prolong their contract after just one year at the helm of 104. Gonçalvès has also piloted the company Made in Productions and chairs the Rosny

  • news June 07, 2010

    International News Digest

    Exhibition Closed Before Opening; Spoerri’s Déjeuner Unearthed After Going Underground Twenty-Seven Years Ago; Private Collections Legalized in Bulgaria; The Trend of Private Collections; Subtitle Conflict: Museum Still Closed; Hamburg Gallery Not Closing; From Russia with Love: A Church and Cultural Center for Paris?


    An exhibition of erotic art never even got the chance to open at the exhibition space of the Bibliothèque départementale de la Somme in Amiens, France. As Le Monde’s Michel Guerrin reports, “Pour Adultes Seulement” (For Adults Only) was canned just a few days before its opening. The show featured about sixty drawings, paintings, and prints by twenty-six international artists, including Tomi Ungerer, André François, Jean Claverie, and Nicole Claveloux. Curator Janine Kotwica’s proposal for the exhibition was accepted over a year ago and welcomed by the regional

  • news June 01, 2010

    International News Digest

    Hamburg Museums Closing Temporarily; Orangerie and Orsay Unified; Gaza Artists Refused Exit Visas; No Money to Restore Rome’s Colosseum


    Safety measure or budget cut? As the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports, fire prevention is being named as the official reason for temporarily closing down Hamburg’s Altona Museum and Galerie der Gegenwart (Contemporary Gallery) which is located inside the city’s Kunsthalle. According to city officials, the fire prevention systems in both of the buildings must be revamped. While the closure of the Altona Museum may last for up to two and a half years, the Galerie der Gegenwart is expected to remain closed only until September.

    Some believe that “safety first” is not

  • news May 25, 2010

    International News Digest

    Richter Criticizes German Pavilion; Paris’s Musée d’Art Moderne Remains Closed; “Ars Homo Erotica” in Warsaw; Squatting Ban Bad for Culture


    Gerhard Richter is not at all amused with the choice of Christoph Schlingensief to represent Germany at the next Venice Biennale in 2011. “That’s a scandal,” said Richter, quoted by the Berliner Zeitung. “They’re taking a performer although we have thousands of artists.” Moreover, the painter associates the selection of the multitasking director Schlingensief with “the decline of painting.”

    Curator Susanne Gaensheimer who made the choice has reacted with a written statement, published by Art magazine. While honoring Richter’s role as “the most important living