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“A Little Bit of History Repeated”

THE IDEA SOUNDED PROMISING, if a bit quixotic: Ask an international group of artists from a younger generation to reexamine key performance-art pieces from the golden age of the movement. Curator Jens Hoffmann proposed “A Little Bit of History Repeated” at Kunst-Werke Berlin as part of the center’s ongoing consideration of recent art history, and for two consecutive nights in November, eleven artists revived the past by creating interpretations of classics, lesser-known pieces, and works outside the canon.

So why the emphasis on performance art? Hasn’t the performance artist, with a few notable exceptions, gone the way of the Porta-Pak? Hoffmann, a freelance curator based in Berlin, thinks otherwise. “There’s a greater diversity of work related to performance today,“ he explains. “It’s not just body art. The body as a medium, the immediate presence of the artist, is no longer a

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