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Riccardo Beretta, Donnerwetter, 2011–12, natural dyed veneers, wood, brass, 93 1/4 x 63 x 16 1/8". Performance view.

Riccardo Beretta

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Riccardo Beretta, Donnerwetter, 2011–12, natural dyed veneers, wood, brass, 93 1/4 x 63 x 16 1/8". Performance view.

“To re-enter Bude, one has to cross a space cluttered up with piles of cross-beams and metal frames. The steel cable of a crane cuts across the road, and Alex catches hold of it to climb over: Donnerwetter, he looks at his hand black with thick grease. In the meanwhile I have joined him. Without hatred and without sneering, Alex wipes his hand on my shoulder, both the palm and the back of the hand, to clean it; he would be amazed, the poor brute Alex, if someone told him that today, on the basis of this action, I judge him and Pannwitz and the innumerable others like him, big and small, in Auschwitz and everywhere.”

“Donnerwetter,” which means “dammit” in German, was the title of Riccardo Beretta’s recent solo show, and it is an expletive that any viewer, even a chance visitor, might not have been able to keep from echoing at the sight of the words quoted above, which the artist

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