Lüneburg, Germany

Die Universität ist eine Fabrik

Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg

The opening at the new Kunstraum of the Universität Lüneburg was unwontedly overcrowded. Maybe it was because this small, very rigorously conceived exhibition was curated by Roger M. Buergel, the freshly nominated curator of Documenta 12. Only now is the Kunstraum, an annex of the university’s cultural-studies program, being characterized in the press as the “new king maker in Germany” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), although long-term projects with artists such as Andrea Fraser, Christian Philipp Müller, and Christian Boltanski and curators such as Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Astrid Wege have been happening here since 1993.

Since 1998, Buergel has held seminars at the university that have formed the groundwork for the exhibition series “The Government,” launched in 2003. With apt site-specificity, this exhibition used Michel Foucault’s analysis of institutional power to examine the theme

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