PRINT November 1993

Sonsbeek 93

Swamped by rain, and not to mention hordes of day-trippers passing through en route to major openings in Antwerp and Venice, the June preview of Sonsbeek 93, in Arnhem, Holland, got the tenth installment of this international sculpture show off to an inauspicious start. The atmosphere was perhaps best captured by the performance by French artist Jean-Baptiste Bruant in a swampy polder zone on the outskirts of town. Spectators calf-deep in mud watched as Bruant dug a hole in the wet earth, let loose a horrific shout into the resulting cavity, and then filled it back up. For those unlucky enough to have missed it, the 20-minute event was captured on video and played several times a day during the exhibition’s 12-week run.

Although the European art mafia closed ranks in support of the “Unité” show in Firminy, France, branding Sonsbeek 93 a fiasco, the exhibition has to be one of the most

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