Venice Biennale

'Think with the senses, feel with the mind' is curator Robert Storr's motto of the 52nd Venice Biennale, which is focusing on both critical positions regarding migration, globalization, and war as well as today's painting. But can new streamings and tendences be discovered in the confusing slew of works? Tim Ackermann and Oliver Koerner von Gustorf had a look around.

Phoebe Washburn Interview

An obsessed rubbish collector: Phoebe Washburn creates her sculptures out of waste wood, discarded planters or conveyor belts. Now the young New York artist has created a giant environment in the Deutsche Guggenheim, somewhere between a greenhouse and a factory: 'Regulated Fool's Milk Meadow'. Achim Drucks interviewed the artist, who lets grass grow - but not on her.


One hundred days of frustration in Kassel: Documenta 12 will be remembered for an impressive series of mishaps, a dull exhibition concept and outdated art. Documenta curators Roger M. Buergel and Ruth Noack has gone so far as to declare visitors' disappointment as an essential part of the educational process. "Mission accomplished," says a disgruntled Tim Ackermann.

skulptur projekte

Designer men's rooms that bring to mind trendy restaurants in small western German towns and an invisible thread around the inner city: every ten years since 1977, the skulptur projekte münster drives the debate about public art forward. Europe's largest open-air exhibition works like an antidote to the frenzied art fair and biennale circuit, says Silke Hohmann.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience! The summer of 2007 will be long remembered for the fact that several major art events took place simultaneously: the 52nd Venice Biennale, the Documenta 12 in Kassel, and the skulptur projekte münster 07. Conveniently located between in Venice and Kassel, the Art Basel took place between the openings of those two events, also luring the international art caravan and a record number of visitors. While the presentations in the national pavilions in Venice met with a mixed reaction from the international press, and the small but excellent sculpture projects in Münster earned high praise, criticism of this year’s Kassel curatorial team of Roger M. Buergel and Ruth Noack is loud and clear. We take a look at all three major exhibitions and search for trends in international contemporary art – which we also find outside of the 'Grand Tour', at the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin. +++ Light and resplendence in the abyss: highlights of the summer of art in Venice and Basel +++ Monuments of sustainability: Phoebe Washburn sows seeds in her enormous installations made of recycled rubbish +++ Collapsing towers, dried-out rice paddies, moth-eaten art: Documenta 12 fails due to poor weather and an ambitious curatorial team without a convincing concept +++ Art lab Münster: every ten years, the skulptur projekte explore the question of what is sculpture and transform the city into a museum of time. This time, the exhibition is devoted to the commercialization and privatization of public space.