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01 May 2010, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Joy and jeopardy: Revisiting the Anthem of Europe


The main issue with the European anthem lies in the fact that it takes a short tune completely out of context and – even worse – re-arranges it into a syrupy, self-contained, instrumental piece of music. The fact that renowned Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan was put in charge of cutting it to size does not do much to alleviate the injustice to the original.

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12 Oct 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Fondation Beyeler takes a closer look at Alberto Giacometti


An exhibition at Fondation Beyeler in the pastoral Basel, Switzerland, suburb of Riehen, showed the whole range and the development of Giacometti’s art.

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08 Oct 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Classics and cluelessness at Tretyakov Gallery


After the fall of communism, it appears that Russian art was clueless about which new direction to take. What ensued seems to have been a phase of confused and disoriented experimentation, which produced scores of devastatingly bad works.

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06 Oct 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

“Holbein to Tillmans” at Schaulager


The Schaulager in the Basel, Switzerland, suburb of Münchenstein, is one of the boldest, most audacious, and most fascinating art spaces I have seen so far. It is anything but a solemn place to worship art.

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28 Sep 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

The new Brandhorst art museum in Munich


The Brandhorst Museum appears as yet another self-assured solitaire within the disparate ensemble in Munich. However, it comes across strange that it effectively denies any communication with the three existing galleries around it.

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14 Sep 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Bill Viola exhibition in Tilburg


On Saturday, 12 September, the usually serene De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art in Tilburg, The Netherlands, was all abuzz with the vernissage crowd celebrating the opening of the Bill Viola exhibition called Intimate Works.

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04 Sep 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

The joy of running a museum


The new director of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Marion Ackermann, promises to set a very different tone in the renowned and well-provided museums.

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24 Aug 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Art behind concrete – the Boros Collection in Berlin


The Boros Collection is housed in an actual 1942 air-raid shelter in the middle of Berlin, close to the famous Friedrichstrasse railway station. The refurbishment has achieved that the bunker experience becomes neither depressing nor a wartime Disneyland.

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17 Aug 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Uninspired Le Corbusier and Bauhaus exhibitions at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin


Two exhibitions at the Martin-Gropius-Bau gallery building in Berlin provide examples of how not to arrange shows about art, architecture, or design.

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12 Aug 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Off topic: Art, etc., 0 Comments

Col tempo – Péter Forgács at Biennale di Venezia 2009


Péter Forgács has created a path through the flight of rooms that becomes more disturbing and scary with each step. Because what at first might seem like innocuous potraits, quickly reveals itself during the following stages as evidence of inhuman and hateful ideology.

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