'Seeing your gallerist at work is like hearing your parents having sex’, John Baldessari once commented on the awkwardness of visiting art fairs. Maaike Lauwaert visits Art Basel and Liste and connects her observations to three striking quotes.
Manifesta 9 shows a different approach from earlier editions. The choice of an extraordinary location has not changed - in this case the large Waterschei mining complex in Genk, Belgium. New is the way contemporary art is accessibly embedded in the cultural heritage of the location, the mining industry. In an interview in Metropolis M no. 3, curator Cuauhtémoc Medina explains the context of the exhibition. The issue also gives a concise history of Manifesta 1 - 9.
After an eight-year renovation full of drama, including a three-year delay, a bankrupt construction company, budget exceedings by millions of euros's - to name but a few - the beautiful, new (empty) Stedelijk Museum opens its doors to the press.
Seth Siegelaub withdrew from the New York art scene in the early seventies. In relative seclusion, he started collecting textiles from all corners of the world. Part of his extensive collection is now shown in public for the first time in Raven Row in London.
For Beaufort 04 artist Lucy McKenzie has curated a project that spectacularly transformes the facade of the Mu.ZEE in Ostend to the building's original function: a department store. Check the first photo's here.