PRINT December 1993



Vienna suddenly seems quieter than it has been for some time. Curator Kasper König has gone back to his job as director of Frankfurt’s Stadel school, and his Swiss colleague Hans-Ulrich Obrist has taken up a project in Paris; “Der zerbrochene Spiegel” (The broken mirror), the show they came here to produce, has finally come down, after months of complaints about its failure to realize the bold new claims it made about painting. At the same time, the dealers who spent much of the year attacking the selection of foreigners Andrea Fraser and Christian Philipp Müller for the Austrian pavilion of the Venice Biennale have stopped quibbling, faced with the more pressing struggle just to stay open. Perhaps the most ominous reaction to the dismal current market is that of pioneering contemporary-art dealer Peter Pakesch: after 12 years in business he has closed both of his galleries to deal privately.

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