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City Report

GERMANY

East-West in Berlin

Recent Exhibitions of Asian Art

Louise Garrett

CHIHARU SHIOTA, Breathing from Earth, 2000, wool and • 70 beds, sleeping performance, 1000 sqm, Maximiliansforum, Munich.

The Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has referred to Berlin's efforts to reconstitute its centre through aggressive, corporate-funded, urban redevelopment as a 'Chinese' phenomenon. But while Berlin may boast the largest construction site in Europe, Shanghai's rate of construction is twenty or twenty-five times greater. This rapid urban transformation in China has created a condition which requires a re-negotiation of the relationship between western…

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