This is the story of a five-day exploration of São Paulo. Or rather, a declaration of love for this gigantic, all-consuming metropolis and its equally huge and greedy art institutes and cultural centres.
Each month, thousands of residents leave Detroit, never to return again. The city is allegedly too dangerous to live in and beyond saving.
But for the local artists, the desolate urban landscape is a precious incentive.
At the invitation of artist Nasrin Tabatabai, architects Niloufar Niksar, Kianoosh Vahabi and film maker Poutia Jahanshad from Tehran discuss the state of artistic production in their country. In Iran, visual art is still seen as opponent of the system unless it conforms to the gevernment's ideological principles.
Belgrade won a award last year for its favourable investment climate. The economy has been flourishing since Serbia opened itself to world trade. This wave of privatization is affecting everyone, not least the art world, which is reacting critically. Artists and artists' groups have initiated various studies into the consequences of these economic changes for the population.
In this extensive exhibition at Centre Pompidou in Paris, Los Angeles is presented as the final bastion of the 20th-century avant-garde. Multi-layered and versatile, art from Los Angeles spoke the appropriate language for a contemporary, multicultural metropolis where life could be as hard and as cynical as it could be free and uninhibited. Domeniek Ruyters considers the exhibition in Paris which covers the years between 1955 and 1985 and Bruce Hainley adds cursory notes on what has been happening in the LA art scene since.