In the last two decades, “art in public spaces” has increasingly served as an opportunity for large-scale exhibitions in the center city. Tourism has been introduced to contemporary art, and art has in turn taken its place in the calendar of events. Now another large-scale project has been realized in the public sphere—one with a running time of more than a year (divided into three phases), an international roster of artists, and accompanying symposia. By the third and last phase, which begins in May 2001, around thirty artists will have completed their “Aussendienst” (off-site assignment).

What separates “Aussendienst” from comparable projects is, first of all, that it does no t take the form of a single event. The presentation of eight works in July was followed in September by another seven, exhibited for the most part in public and semipublic interior spaces. Only Phase I had the task

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