PRINT September 2007


This summer, for just the fourth time ever, three major European shows engaging the global conditions of contemporary art-making took place simultaneously: the Venice Biennale, Documenta, and Skulptur Projekte Münster. To take stock of this once-in-a-decade constellation of events, Artforum asked a number of regular contributors—in addition to a couple of the exhibitions’ past curators—to put forward their opinions. In the suite of critical essays that follows, OKWUI ENWEZOR begins with a broad reflection on the summerlong trek; Artforum contributing editor KATY SIEGEL, Tate Modern curator JESSICA MORGAN, and former Venice Biennale director FRANCESCO BONAMI consider the latest version of the venerable Italian exposition, while Tate Modern curator MARK GODFREY and art historian SVEN LÜTTICKEN survey two of its satellite shows, “Artempo” at the Palazzo Fortuny and Thomas Demand’s “Processo Grottesco” at the Giorgio Cini Foundation; contributing editor DANIEL BIRNBAUM and critics TOM HOLERT and CLAIRE BISHOP migrate to Documenta 12; and finally, Barbican director KATE BUSH and Artforum editor in chief TIM GRIFFIN gain vantages on the art and public spaces of Münster.