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IN A PRESS CONFERENCE on January 17 of this year, a hostile takeover was announced: The Generali Foundation, which was founded in 1988, would be closing its exhibition space, as well as its library and study center, in Vienna. The collection of approximately twenty-one hundred pieces of art will be transferred to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg Mönchsberg in Austria, where Sabine Breitwieser has been director since September 2013, on an initial twenty-five-year loan. Breitwieser paved the way for what the Austrian press has called a “coup” after months-long secret negotiations; the Generali Foundation’s director, Sabine Folie, learned of the decision only on the day of the press conference in Salzburg.

Disconcertingly, this power grab is a replay of Breitwieser’s own story—the difference being that she has switched sides. Breitwieser was Folie’s predecessor; in 2007, she tendered her

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