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Carte Blanche

AT FIRST GLANCE, it seems like selling out: the genie of capital being let out of the bottle once and for all. Carte Blanche, a unique project at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig, involves eleven private individuals and companies who were invited to pay approximately twenty thousand euros each (including the cost of heating, insurance, invigilation, and so on) for the privilege of curating exhibitions at GfZK, the first institution for contemporary art built in the former East Germany after the fall of the wall. The contributors included three collectors, two commercial galleries, one bank, and the Cultural Committee of German Business. The program ran from 2008 to 2010, and it obviously reflected the rapidly expanding influence of private interests over exhibition programming and acquisitions in public museums, anticipating heated discussions around such occasions as the

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