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The Cook
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The Festivals

Venice, Kassel, Münster

By Andrew Maerkle

•Press conference, Kassel, 2006.

© documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH.

Perhaps super-curator Harald Szeemann (1933-2005) earnestly wanted to warn would-be participants away from the Venice Biennale when he said, in a 1999 Artforum interview with Robert Storr (SEE P. 84), "All these nations, or ethnic groups, are looking for a platform to try and bolster their cultural identity or national conscience or whatever it is. This is very touching and frightening, and in the end it…

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