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Matti Braun

Matti Braun has added yet another chapter to his secret art history of the twentieth-century. The German-Finnish artist, who was born in Berlin but makes his home in Cologne, is not interested in the heroic art movements that are the stuff of traditional art-historical narratives. Instead, Braun focuses on mistakes and errors, carefully mapping out those encounters between artists and cultures which went nowhere or ended in catastrophe. Last year saw the publication of his early book project Adolf Hitler, Installationen und Happenings, 1992, which considers the dictator’s aestheticization of politics. The inspiration for “Bali,” which appeared last year at Luis Campaña in Cologne, was a yacht trip made in 1929 by the great German silent-film director F.W. Murnau, who shot his last film, Tabu (1931), in Tahiti. With the recent exhibition, titled “Edo,” Braun examines a discrete exchange

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