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On being on the move
On being on the move
by Joerg Bader | 09 July 2011

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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Only the copy makes the original
Only the copy makes the original
by Thomas Edelmann | 08 July 2011

It is well known that copycat versions of design objects cause high economic losses. That said, at universities copying is still considered a practical principle in learning. The upshot of this may be surprising – even pirate copies can sometimes lead to new insights.

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Politics as singing class
Politics as singing class
by Joerg Bader | 07 July 2011

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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20 years of the present
20 years of the present
by Anne Kaestner | 05 July 2011

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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Phantasms on four wheels
Phantasms on four wheels
by Sandra Hofmeister | 02 July 2011

We have always known that Germans love cars. We can only conjecture what kind of fantasies surround the cult object. The exhibition “Fetisch Auto. Ich fahre, also bin ich” (Car fetish – I drive, therefore I am) in Basle provides an insight into the visual images surrounding what is actually a pretty functional object.

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The hamburger of architecture
The hamburger of architecture
by Andreas Rossmann | 30 June 2011

Greetings from Legoland: The NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf is showcasing an exhibition about containers, which reveals just how much enthusiasm there currently is in the architecture scene for transportation vessels such as these, but also how thoroughly the beautiful new world of standardized architecture ignores individuality and local circumstances.

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Patterns à la Prouvé
Patterns à la Prouvé
by Sandra Hofmeister | 28 June 2011

Over the past few years several crossover projects between fashion and furniture have attracted much attention. Together, G-Star Raw and Vitra are sounding out the furniture cosmos of Jean Prouvé. The "Prouvé Raw" collection is a successful homage to the French designer.

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Head for the caravanserai
Head for the caravanserai
by Joerg Bader | 28 June 2011

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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Venezia, Piazza Tahrir
Venezia, Piazza Tahrir
by Barbara Basting | 25 June 2011

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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Anyone who can build with peas and toothpicks must be a genius
Anyone who can build with peas and toothpicks must be a genius
by Jochen Stöckmann | 24 June 2011

At the age of 32 Richard Buckminster Fuller faced disaster: He was bankrupt and his infant daughter had just died. Instead of giving up, he resolved henceforth only to do things that were destined to help mankind as a whole. The fruits of his intentions are now on show at Marta Herford.

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Overpainting the feuilleton
Overpainting the feuilleton
by Joerg Bader | 21 June 2011

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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Fascination with the tried and true
Fascination with the tried and true
by Amelie Znidaric | 21 June 2011

At Design Miami Basel above all countless classics were on show. But anyone who managed to make their way past all the Jean Prouvés, Bauhaus, Mid Century Modern and Art Deco found contemporary design by the likes of Pierre Charpin and Max Lamb waiting to be discovered.

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The Last Supperhero: Tintoretto
The Last Supperhero: Tintoretto
by Annette Tietenberg | 19 June 2011

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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Slings, slings over all
Slings, slings over all
by Barbara Basting | 18 June 2011

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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American gym session
American gym session
by Thomas Wagner | 15 June 2011

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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Resistance – liquefied or solidified?
Resistance – liquefied or solidified?
by Barbara Basting | 15 June 2011

“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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On the move
On the move
by Amelie Znidaric | 14 June 2011

Since the beginning of this year, Marianne Goebl, has been the new Director of Design Miami/Basel. Soon the design trade fair will open its doors in conjunction with Art Basel – at which point at the latest it will become apparent what new marks the marketing specialist has successfully made on the fair – after all, she’s someone who loves to move between the various design disciplines.

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Along for the ride
Along for the ride
by Annette Tietenberg | 12 June 2011

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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