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Peter Weibel

Peter Weibel’s show at the Museum of Applied Art was not really an exhibition of art, but as its title (Inszenierte Kunstgeschichte) explains, a “mise-en-scène of art history.” The things on display were not artworks in the sense of compressed findings of form or spiritual expressivity, but rather a wild mixture of reproductions, recreations, and reconstructions done in situ and based on pretty much everything the artist has found significant in art of the past 30 years.

Weibel reviewed the art history of that time span in six sections, each one devoted to a fictitious persona. These included W., the last painter; Marcel Rutschke, the social rebel; Otto W. Schimanovich, the model-maker; Louise Langford, the theoretician of tautology and empty codes; Cesare Carlo Capo, the individual mythologist; and Jan van Buygens, the specialist on perception in the orbital era. Discussed by fictitious

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