PRINT January 2006

International News

Marc-Olivier Wahler

After five years at the helm of the Swiss Institute in New York, Marc-Olivier Wahler will become the new director of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris next month. During his tenure at the Swiss Institute, Wahler emerged as one of the most distinctive curatorial voices in New York. Through his vision we learned about the minute but irreconcilable differences between the world and its artistic representation in exhibitions that could not be easily reduced to a single theme or topic. His group shows, often bearing such open-ended titles as “Untitled (Mayday, Mayday)” (2001), “Extra” (2003), “Five Billion Years” (2004), and “OK/Okay” (2005), introduced us to a whole new language for thinking about, and through, exhibitions, highlighting art’s relation to reality by using terms such as graft, glide, and float. For if reality, as Wahler insists, is unstable, then art must employ a similarly fluctuating

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