PRINT September 2007

Tim Griffin

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Roman de Münster (Münster Novel), 2007, mixed media. Installation view, Münster. Photo: Roman Mensing.

AT FIRST, to me, it seemed a civic project, the kind of celebratory tableau one imagines a branding agency might dream up at the behest of a few municipal officials’ casting a desiring eye toward cultural-tourism revenue. On a broad, open slope of lawn along the promenade in Münster was arranged a selection of miniature replicas of artworks produced for the city’s Skulptur Projekte since the once-a-decade event’s beginnings some thirty years ago: Here, for instance, was a dollhouse-size octagonal pavilion fashioned after one created by Dan Graham in 1987; somewhat distant on the grounds behind it were renditions of iceberglike “islands” made ten years later by Andrea Zittel. The scene was genuinely amusing—a grand show turned divertissement or, better, amuse-bouche, with a single, sparkling patch of grass conjuring a sense of vast expanse in its play of scale. But it was

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