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Jean-Hubert Martin

JEAN-HUBERT MARTIN isn’t shy when it comes to speaking his mind on modernism and non-Western art. The former director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou, who remains best known as curator of the mammoth, controversial “Magiciens de la terre” show in Paris nine years ago, dismisses as “arrogant” the “conception of modernity that is only interested in the exotic arts’ contribution of formal novelty” and calls this notion one obstacle to “the idea of the equality of cultures and the valorization of non-Western arts.” Martin’s views should get another very public hearing in the near future, as he has just been appointed to the prestigious position of director of the Biennale de Lyon for the year 2000.

While it’s obviously premature to predict what form the Biennale’s fifth installment will take, with Martin at its helm there can be little doubt that the exhibition’s

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