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As though I were the star of my own celebrity culture

As though I were the star of my own celebrity culture
He produces portraits of himself as a cowboy and recreated industrial objects using clay. Jon Smith studied at the Institute of Contemporary and Interdisciplinary Art in the English city of Bath and now lives as an independent artist in the Netherlands. Nina Reetzke met him for a chat.
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Hymn to construction

by Mathias Remmele

Hymn to construction
The exhibition "Building the Revolution" at Berlin's Martin Gropius Bau presents a range of Soviet art and architecture from the period 1915-35. The geometric idiom typical of these works lends the art an architectural feel as expressed in names such as "Painterly architecture".
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A master’s apprenticeship

by Nina Reetzke

A master’s apprenticeship
It seems to be a regular sculptor's chisel. It just happens to have a strangely short blade. Frankfurt-based artist Jürgen Krause needed two and a half years to grind the originally more than ten centimeters long blade down by hand – the chisel has thus become proof of the grinding process.
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If it has a switch, you can turn the artwork on

If it has a switch, you can turn the artwork on
His works seem familiar and strange at once. Martin Brüger makes simple additions to everyday objects. Sometimes the proportions change, then the color effect alters, or a kind of frame is created. Nina Reetzke spoke to the Darmstadt artist about his views on the things that surround us.

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On being on the move

by Joerg Bader

On being on the move
It would seem that the topic of the “nation” has by no means been exhausted – and this is true of the Venice Biennial, too. Nationality continues to play a major role in answering the questions of who is allowed membership and who is condemned to remain on the move. Examples from the Roma Pavilion and the disturbing photographic oeuvre of Hsieh Chun-Te from Taiwan show this most clearly.

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20 years of the present

by Anne Kaestner

20 years of the present
The Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt (MMK), is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a major exhibition, which is being held not only in museum itself.
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Venezia, Piazza Tahrir

by Barbara Basting

Venezia, Piazza Tahrir
At previous biennials, you could have safely passed up visiting the Egyptian pavilion, as all they staged were pro-regime shows that did not seem to fit in an artistic context. However, following the unrest in the Middle East, a revolution is also taking place in the Arab art world – as Ahmed Basiony's videos demonstrate.

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The Last Supperhero: Tintoretto

by Annette Tietenberg

The Last Supperhero: Tintoretto
Already ahead of the show, the decision by Biennial Director Bice Curiger to incorporate a 16th-century Venetian artist into her exhibition concept sparked controversy. The news that three paintings by Jacopo Tintoretto would be on display in the Giardini alongside the latest productions from the studios and galleries in Berlin, London, New York, Sydney and Shanghai gave rise to amazement, admiration and indignation. And now the time has come: Contemporary art is no longer alone in the Padiglione Centrale. Is this bridging of several centuries a clever move by the curator? Or an embarrassing genuflection to the superiority of history?

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American gym session

by Thomas Wagner

American gym session
Outside the US pavilion the tank tracks rattle. No worries. Venice hasn’t been occupied by the US Army. Rather, outside and inside the pavilion artist duo Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla explore the interrelationship of body, politics and power.

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Along for the ride

by Annette Tietenberg

Along for the ride
Markus Schinwald imagines being the forger of images that never existed. The portraits in prim living-room size on display in the Austrian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennial all come from the 19th century. And he simply added what they lacked in order to offer a contemporary image of man, that prosthetic God. Using retouched strings, fabric, rings and chains, the bodies are readied for the salon. Just as in Schinwald's videos, subsequent corrections and smoothly incorporated adjustments do not prevent the human figures strangely floating through time and space, bereft of bonds.

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Beyond fear and Africa

by Thomas Wagner

Beyond fear and Africa
The 54th Art Biennial will open on June 4 in Venice. Even today, with artistic horizons having expanded on a huge scale and the Biennial taking the form of spectacle and event, it is still an important source of inspiration – not primarily, but also for design. Which is why we will be reporting in the coming weeks on the Biennial's main exhibitions and country pavilions.

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Art Basel

by Peter Raue

Art Basel
This year's Art Basel would seem to be an indication that the financial crisis has been overcome, as gallery owners were pleasantly surprised by the visitors' unexpected spending spree.

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The Great, Enlightening Illusionist

by Mathias Remmele

The Great, Enlightening Illusionist
Once again, with his "Innen Stadt Außen" (Inner City Outside) exhibition Olafur Eliasson proves that he is able to achieve great effects with relatively modest means.
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Making worlds, reflecting worlds, changing worlds: Venetian Tours, last final installment

by Thomas Wagner

Making worlds, reflecting worlds, changing worlds: Venetian Tours, last final installment
"Fare Mondi - Welten machen" was the title Daniel Birnbaum chose for his major Biennale show at the Arsenale and in the Biennial Pavilion.

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Deliverance from the curse of Marinetti: Venetian expedition episode 10

by Thomas Wagner

Deliverance from the curse of Marinetti: Venetian expedition episode 10
Our era tends to be more backward-looking than future-led. Nonetheless Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's technofacist, imaginative awakening haunts Giardini. Only Tamara Grcic's life rafts help with this.

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Urban Panorama as Cosmic Beauty: Venetian Wanderings, Part 8

by Georg-Christof Bertsch

Urban Panorama as Cosmic Beauty: Venetian Wanderings, Part 8
It would not let me go. I had to go back there two, three, four times. Back to this work from the glisteningly bright City of Water: "Orbite Rosse", a double video projection in Venice's pitch black Arsenale hall.

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No Peace in the Huts: Venetian Wanderings, Part 6

by Georg-Christof Bertsch

No Peace in the Huts: Venetian Wanderings, Part 6
Architectural models usually depict buildings which have not yet been built, in a smaller form. In the Turkish pavilion it is a different story. Here, Ahmet Ögüt displays a model city of houses which no longer exist.

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The drunken bar: Venetian Wanderings, Part 4

by Thomas Wagner

The drunken bar: Venetian Wanderings, Part 4
An Italian bar is at times often more than simply a bar. Sometimes those who enter it get quite drunk without having drunk anything, as Tobias Rehberger demonstrates impressively.

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A Garden in the Loop: Venetian Wanderings, Part 2

by Thomas Wagner

A Garden in the Loop: Venetian Wanderings, Part 2
Not only those who wander through Venice always return to the point where they started from. Art likewise stage endless loops and thus irritates our customary ways of seeing. Roman Ondák shows how in the Czech and Slovak Pavilion.

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These people have never disappointed me

These people have never disappointed me
A Questionnaire answered by Johanna Grawunder.

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Classifying is not everything

by Claudia Beckmann

Classifying is not everything
Don't let anyone tell you there is no point investigating UFOs. On the contrary. The exhibition "U.F.O - Grenzgänge zwischen Design und Kunst" (U.F.O. - Design and Art) has opened in the NRW Forum in Düsseldorf.

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U.F.O. – Art and Design

U.F.O. – Art and Design
What do you find unsettling about design? Three questions to Richard Prince.

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U.F.O. of the day

U.F.O. of the day
Hussein Chalayan
"Afterwords"

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U.F.O. of the day

U.F.O. of the day
Mona Hatoum
"Paravent"

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U.F.O. of the day

U.F.O. of the day
David Adjaye
"Monoforms, Type IV"

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U.F.O. of the day

U.F.O. of the day
Arik Levy
"Rock mirror"
Nature does not remain nature
Voulez vous Prouvé?
New threads and colors
Sneaker tourists of the world unite!
12 Questions for Johannes Hemann
Going vintage ain’t enough
Others were more radical
Teeth on a string and a Matterhörnli in a box
Agro-art
Observations in space and time

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The curtain that is no curtain

by Thomas Wagner

The curtain that is no curtain
Thomas Demand has clad the historical Metzler Hall in Frankfurt's Städel-Museum with a curtain that is no curtain but is rather a picture of one. The artwork is called "Hall" and would not have been possible without the assistance of Danish textile makers Kvadrat.
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Expanding space

by Annette Tietenberg

Expanding space
While NASA – following Atlantis' return to Earth – bids a weepy farewell to manned space flight, an exhibition by Slovakian artist Roman Ondák at Kunsthaus Zürich revives that atmosphere of euphoria once associated with man's exploration of outer space. What, asks Roman Ondák, has become of the Soviet Union's Sputnik, which in 1957 became the first satellite to be launched? Did it really burn up when re-entering Earth's atmosphere? Or is it still out there, orbiting the planet?

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In the here and now or Returning to the space

by Thomas Wagner

In the here and now or Returning to the space
In several of the pavilions and works of the 54th Venice Art Biennial we can see a return from the image to the space and thus to the incompressible here-and-now.
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Politics as singing class

by Joerg Bader

Politics as singing class
In no less than three country pavilions, artists use opera and song as a means of discussing and criticizing the state of the world. In the Icelandic pavilion this takes the form of a criticism of European immigration policies, in the Hungarian pavilion music represents a metaphor for the crisis in post-communist Hungary, while in the Dutch pavilion opera acts as a model for teamwork in the nation.
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Head for the caravanserai

by Joerg Bader

Head for the caravanserai
Mike Nelson has assembled a labyrinth in the British pavilion. It could be the product of our fantasy or equally exist in Istanbul – and it certainly undermines our notions of time, place and action.
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Overpainting the feuilleton

by Joerg Bader

Overpainting the feuilleton
In the Belgian pavilion Angel Vergara takes on electronic media and the newstreams they produce. As a painter, employing a range of painting styles, he seeks to defend himself against the flood of moving images.
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Slings, slings over all

by Barbara Basting

Slings, slings over all
Seldom was there are clearer art divide at the Venice Biennial than that this year between the advocates and the opponents of Christoph Schlingensief’s German pavilion, on which the chiseled “Germania” has been painted over with the words “Egomania”, alluding to a Schlingensief film of 1986.

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Resistance – liquefied or solidified?

by Barbara Basting

Resistance – liquefied or solidified?
“Crystal of Resistance” is the title artist Thomas Hirschhorn has given to his work for the Swiss pavilion at the Biennial. But what exactly is the deal with this crystal and resistance?

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Distributing pigeons in the park!

by Thomas Wagner

Distributing pigeons in the park!
Clattering tank tracks, any number of pigeons and a church for a dead artist: the Venice art biennial is once again a spectacular show. But this time much is far too sensitive, dripping in pathos and, despite there being several good pieces, essentially too harmless. Which begs the question: where is the international art world heading?
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Visual Landscapes

by Jochen Stöckmann

Visual Landscapes
An arrangement by Gerwald Rockenschaub of just under 400 motifs upon a 70-meter-long wall is currently on show at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. Is this a large, colorful picture, an advertising war or a semiological tsunami?

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Living in stacks

by Peter-Philipp Schmitt

Living in stacks
U.S. American artist Mike Bouchet is showing a dismantled prefabricated house, model "Sir Walter Scott" in Frankfurt's Schirn Kunsthalle. The sculptural exhibit was developed from the installation "Watershed" that Mike Bouchet erected in the harbor of the Arsenale in Venice as part of the Biennial.

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The knot and time

by Andreas Bee

The knot and time
At this year's Light+Building fair Stylepark has presented itself in the new Hall 11 of Messe Frankfurt.
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Architecture with humor and verve: Venetian Wanderings, Part 11

by Georg-Christof Bertsch

Architecture with humor and verve: Venetian Wanderings, Part 11
How would we build if we could build how we liked? What would our cities look like, would our submerged dreams come true? Marjetica Potrč offers us answers - in a light and playful way in the Arsenale, Venice.

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The Palestine Syndrome: out and about in Venice episode 9

by Georg-Christof Bertsch

The Palestine Syndrome: out and about in Venice episode 9
Can art be instrumental in eluding the vicious circle of violence? Not being an officially recognized state, Palestine does not have an official pavilion. Nonetheless, the show "Palestine c/o Venice", demonstrates how diversely and vividly a subtenant can operate.

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The greyhounds of the art business: Venetian Wanderings, Part 7

by Thomas Wagner

The greyhounds of the art business: Venetian Wanderings, Part 7
In the giardini the spectacle is in full swing. People everywhere and art everywhere. Everything is important and everything clamors for attention. But in the film "Giardini" by Steve McQueen in the Great Britain pavilion, visitors are confronted with a surprisingly different image of the gardens of the Venetian Biennial and of art.

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The luxurious suffering of Mr. B.: Venetian Wanderings, Part 5

by Thomas Wagner

The luxurious suffering of Mr. B.: Venetian Wanderings, Part 5
A house full of art that's up for sale, and a Modernist bungalow in whose noble seats young men pose slurping their vodka-&-tonics. In the form of "The Collectors", Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have created not only a psychogram of art collectors today.

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The German Kitchen: Venetian Wanderings, Part 3

by Thomas Wagner

The German Kitchen: Venetian Wanderings, Part 3
What are we to believe: Is the German Pavilion once again a disappointment? Or has Liam Gillick delivered exactly what was to be expected of him?

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Express the Zeitgeist

Express the Zeitgeist
A Questionnaire answered by Rolf Sachs.

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They love art ...

They love art ...
A Questionnaire answered by Nynke Tynagel and Job Smeets.

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What do designers find boring about art?

What do designers find boring about art?
Three questions to Tom Price.

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U.F.O. – Art and Design

by Claudia Beckmann

U.F.O. – Art and Design
The "U.F.O. - Art and Design" exhibition at NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft in Düsseldorf concerns itself with the increasing indeterminacy and hybrid qualities of objects.

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U.F.O. of the day

U.F.O. of the day
Konstantin Grcic
"Missing Object"

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U.F.O. of the day

U.F.O. of the day
Richard Prince
"Nurse Hat Chair"

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U.F.O. of the day

U.F.O. of the day
Ron Arad
"Box in Four Movements"

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U.F.O. of the day

U.F.O. of the day
Martino Gamper
"A 100 Chairs in 100 Days"