• Marc Bauer, Ballade, Ville Ouverte (Walk, Open City) (detail), 2013, oil on Plexiglas, seventeen parts, each 12 5/8 x 17 3/4".

    Marc Bauer

    Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris

    I don’t know to what degree Marc Bauer, a Swiss artist who lives in Berlin, was aware of the powder keg on which “Le Collectionneur”— a series of drawings, dated 2012–13, concerning Paris under Nazi occupation— rested. Even at a remove of more than sixty years, French public opinion has still not finished coming to terms with the anti-Semitic policies of the Vichy government and, in particular, with the administrative- bureaucratic machine that, in the period between 1940 and 1944, efficiently carried out the deportation of Jews and the plundering of their assets. France has never had

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