PRINT Summer 1991

BERLIN: “Metropolis”

Is “Metropolis” an exhibition with a solid concept or not? That is the question you ask yourself after your initial tour of the halls and rooms of Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau. Works by 72 artists from 20 countries worldwide are displayed in some 53,820 square feet of exhibition space: “Metropolis,” teetering between position and provocation, between Modern and post-Modern, focuses on an investigation of contemporary art, that is, art in the allegedly postideological era, the period after perestroika and the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, the period when artwork from the West and the East may be integrated into some comfortably unified whole. Yet Christos M. Joachimides and Norman Rosenthal, who see and style themselves as stage directors rather than as curators, are not trying to discover and show trends. Their goal instead—“approaches,” “positions,” “attitudes.” “Metropolis” is not an

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