• Still from Paul Chan’s Happiness (Finally) After 35,000 Years of Civilization (After Henry Darger and Charles Fourier), 2000–2003, digital-video projection, color, sound, 17 minutes 20 seconds.

    Paul Chan


    AFTER A SERIES of increasingly high-profile solo exhibitions between 2003 and 2009, Paul Chan took a hiatus of sorts from the world of gallery and museum exhibitions to focus instead on writing and on his publishing imprint, Badlands Unlimited. This summer, Chan emphatically returned to public view with an exhibition that—despite its understated subtitle, “Selected Works”—looked and felt very much like a full-dress midcareer retrospective. Installed in twenty-four discrete spaces spread across Schaulager’s two main floors, and accompanied by an ambitious screening program of single-channel

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