Berlin

Silke Wagner

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)

According to Marius Babias, the new director of the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, “Silke Wagner presents a programmatic choice for NBK’s new orientation.” Wagner’s artistic approach, Babias says, refers “to the question of activating publicity and creates offerings for communication and interaction”—and thus appears to operate in complete unison with his intent to sustain, as the ground for an ideal critical education, the possibility of “participation in civil society” in a protected institutional space independent of market pressures. Babias’s reorientation of the NBK. is guided not by self-reflexive methodologies of institutional critique, but by forms of praxis that see art’s institutions as a bulwark against “the notion of culture as a consumer item” in the face of the state’s increasing lack of responsibility in cultural politics.

At the invitation of the NBK, Wagner has reactivated

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