Eastern Sight

Leipzig’s new art center

WHEN THE GALERIE für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig opens its doors in mid-May, it’ll become the first new institution devoted to contemporary art in the states that made up the former East Germany. The kickoff will feature two exhibitions that presage the Galerie’s activities to come. The ground floor show, “ONTOM”—an invented word the institution is licensing from Adib Fricke’s language project The Word Company—will focus on pieces and projects that highlight the role of the viewer in completing the work. This strategy is central to much of what will be on view, including contributions from artists such as Fricke, Vanessa Beecroft, Adam Page, Dan Peterman, Sam Samore, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Simone Westerwinter.

On the second floor of the Galerie (which is housed in a late-nineteenth-century, Italian-style villa) will be “[Collection ’98],” an exhibition showcasing the museum’s permanent

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