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1000 WORDS: LIISA ROBERTS

Liisa Roberts appears this month in the 2004 Whitney Biennial with a project that has emerged, in true Duchampian fashion, definitively unfinished. The Finnish-American artist’s What’s the Time in Vyborg?, initiated in 2000, takes as its starting point that city’s municipal library, designed by Alvar Aalto in 1927 and completed in 1935, symbolizing the modernist aspirations of a newly independent Finnish state (Vyborg, then Finland’s second largest city, was called Viipuri at the time, changing names when annexed by the Soviets in 1944). Severely damaged during the war, the library was subsequently refurbished and reopened in 1961 but, like many Soviet structures in a time of dwindling funds, was not consistently maintained. A post–cold war restoration effort was spearheaded in 2001 by the Helsinki-based Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library (though the city remains

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