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“Transformations”

MKGALERIE

Sometimes it is hard to see the crisis that you are in. Everybody in Berlin seems to be worrying about how many of the city’s 450 galleries will be closing and which big players will go. Meanwhile, at one of the smaller and fairly new spaces, the Berlin outpost of Rotterdam-based MKgalerie, one could see dispatches from the environmental and social crises around the globe. Transformations” did what commercial group shows seldom do: It carried a genuine curatorial message. Pim Palsgraaf’s three installations were made of taxidermied animals and found materials, resulting in works like Multiscape 10, 2009, where a building resembling an oil platform towers over an elephant’s foot—technology dominating nature. The photographer Xing Danwen showed the series “Urban Fiction,” 2004–, pictures of Chinese real estate models into which she had Photoshopped herself as a tennis player or as a victim

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