PRINT November 1996



FORGET THE FABLED RIVALRY with Düsseldorf that animated the thoughts of Kölners from the ’60s through the ’80s. The new Tom to Cologne’s Jerry is Berlin, but judging by the pervasive spirit of resignation, this particular game of cat-and-mouse is all but up. The topic of discussion, so it seems, throughout Cologne today is the city’s waning appeal as a center for contemporary art. A number of galleries, like Galerie Busche and Max Hetzler, have already left for the promise of Berlin, while others—among them, Schipper & Krome and Béla Jarzyk—have announced intentions to follow suit. Add to this that Texte zur Kunst, the house organ of institutional critique launched here six years ago, is following the lead of many of its writers and also shifting its headquarters to the reinstated capital. The threat from Berlin to Cologne’s hegemony over the German art world has come as a blow to many

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