Berlin

Berlinde De Bruyckere, lichaam (Corpse), 2006, horsehide, horsehair, epoxy, and iron. Installation view, Alter Garnisonfriedhof (Old Garrison Cemetery), Kleine Rosenthaler Strasse, Berlin, 2006.

Berlinde De Bruyckere, lichaam (Corpse), 2006, horsehide, horsehair, epoxy, and iron. Installation view, Alter Garnisonfriedhof (Old Garrison Cemetery), Kleine Rosenthaler Strasse, Berlin, 2006.

the 4th Berlin Biennial

Various Venues

WHERE DOES THE 4th Berlin Biennial (BB4), organized with the title “Of Mice and Men” by the team of artist Maurizio Cattelan, curator Massimiliano Gioni, and writer Ali Subotnick, actually begin? The trio’s Gagosian Gallery, Berlin, opened last September, an act of “guerrilla franchising” parodying the high-end dealer’s international expansion; but the project clearly has its roots in the Wrong Gallery, the group’s locked door of a space nestled until last year among Chelsea’s blue-chip galleries (it now resides at Tate Modern). Likewise, the publication Checkpoint Charley appeared in November as a visual diary of the curators’ “encounters” with artists during the past year; the fat volume features more than seven hundred artworks, some of which Cattelan, Gioni, and Subotnick came across during studio visits (though others had merely been dropped off by artists at the biennial office).

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