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  • Thomas Bayrle

    MUSEUM MMK FÜR MODERNE KUNST

    “I was a Maoist in 1968,” Thomas Bayrle told Hans-Ulrich Obrist in Guangzhou last year. But Bayrle’s Maoism was less a form of radicalism than a way to envision the compatibility between the revolutionary masses and a mass market. Already by 1966 Bayrle had produced kinetic sculptures he describes as “a mix of Western advertising and Eastern mass demonstrations. . . . I paid little attention to the ideological differences and jumbled together . . . Communist and capitalist elements and content.” How prophetic. Bayrle could not have known, but he shared a kinship with Henry Kissinger, whose secret

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