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  • Jean-Christophe Ammann Bids Farewell to Frankfurt

    In his ten years at the Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art (MMK), founding director Jean-Christophe Ammann opted for a dynamic exhibition and acquisition program that resembled the exhibition gallery or the pages of a magazine more than the traditional museum.

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  • Filling the Void at Ground Zero

    The void where the Twin Towers once stood symbolizes not only the destruction of the two buildings, argues Herbert Muschamp, but also the demise of public planning in New York. Can “Ground Zero” mark the beginning of a new sense of history in the city's architecture?

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  • A Studio Program at the End of the World

    When the British Antarctic Survey launched its Artists and Writers program, Keith Grant and Philip Hughes were up to the challenge. What is it like to make art in one of the last wilderness areas of the world?

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  • Globalism is a Two-Way Street

    Common wisdom states that globalism turns cultural difference into bland mass-produced product. At the Frankfurt Kunstverein, however, one exhibition explores the complex negotiations that surround the transfer of culture, and reveals a slow process of transformation and renegotiation rather than mere passive consumption.

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  • Californians Want Culture

    Is the land of surf and sun going highbrow? A statewide public opinion survey indicates that California residents endorse government support for the arts and are willing to pay for it.

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  • Italy to Privatize Museum Management

    Italy's pro-business, center-right coalition led by media mogul Silvio Berlusconi wants to partially privatize Italy's museums. While the country would retain ownership, the move has set off an international panic in the art world. Twenty-seven foreign museum directors have signed a letter of protest.

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  • The Museum Boom

    On the shore of a shaded pond a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico construction machinery roars and screeches in a din that is now familiar across the southeastern United States. A new mall? A new factory? No, a new museum.

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  • For a Body That Nobody Ever Had

    “Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute may be the ultimate fashion survey. It is at once a celebration and an indictment of fashion. It reveals both the artistry and the perversity of fashion designers.

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  • Under the Hammer

    Former chairman of Sotheby's, Alfred Taubman, has been found guilty of plotting with sworn rival, Christie's, to orchestrate a massive price-fixing conspiracy. What does the future hold for Sotheby's?

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