André Cadere

Kunstverein München

André Cadere, like Michael Asher, Marcel Broodthaers, and Daniel Buren, ranks among those artists who began to work in the ’70s and whose critical practice—and its relation to art world institutions—has become increasingly relevant over the years. The fact that Cadere never attained the degree of celebrity these other artists did is perhaps due not only to his untimely death in 1978, but also to the intimate link between his work and his own presence when it was exhibited.

While many associate Cadere’s work almost exclusively with his “Barre de Bois Rond” (“round bar of wood”)—a pole made of multicolored segments, each of which is the same in length as it is in diameter—what mattered more than the bar itself was how it was used in certain contexts. For this reason every posthumous exhibition that hopes to rise above mere documentation is a somewhat problematic undertaking; this show was no

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