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Stephen Willats

European Kunsthalle

The name “European Kunsthalle c/o Ebertplatz” sounds grand, but Ebertplatz is a rather blank underpass lined with shops, built in the 1970s, in which a formerly empty storefront has been temporarily occupied. The interloper is an organization created several years ago by a group of artists, architects, curators, critics, and designers who came together when the Kunsthalle am Josef-Haubrich-Hof—a cultural center born out of the spirit of the ’70s—was torn down. There probably aren’t many artists who would be better suited to exhibit in this space than Stephen Willats, who came of age then: “At the time,” the British artist has said, “buildings like this were particularly fraught symbolically, as allegories of the new age.” But when it soon became clear to him that the expectations and projections of the planners were going to remain unfulfilled, Willats began, as an artist, to subject such

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