The resignation of the managing director of documenta may be seen as a sacrifice to calm the waters, but this requires the media to ignore the countless other scandals taking place at the art exhibition.
Climate activists have been using attempted vandalism of great art works as a new way to stir up emotions. At the increased rate of incidents, it may only be a matter of time until something irreplaceable gets damaged or destroyed.
Ancient Greeks gathered in amphitheatres to enjoy Aeschylus’ plays, Norse skalds sang of Odin and Thor, Botticelli’s brush depicted a vision of the birth of Venus, and Wagner’s music invoked the magic of old legends. Grand Gothic cathedrals and Baroque palaces were erected in pursuit of a fantasy. The human mind has always longed for more colours than everyday life can provide and has achieved remarkable heights due to this longing.
World order will tend to follow its own momentum. Rivals to U.S. hegemony like China do not, therefore, represent an alternative world-order, but an alternative bid for leadership over developing structures of biopolitical control.
Listening to Renée Fleming in an intimate recital nearly five years after her semi-retirement, one has to wonder if she left too soon. She has upcoming April concerts in France, Germany, Lithuania, and the UK.
An app dedicated to evaluating the quality of artists networks uses AI to predict not only the price trajectory of art works, but also of entire artists careers. Big companies and museums are willing to trust the system and predict a growing arts market in the coming years.
Fictional rebellions invite us to side with the underdog. The story conveniently ends with their victory, but leaves no ruined lives and no unhealable scars—nothing to contradict the idea of a newly found paradise.
An important lesson emerges from the mediated individualism of Mazo and Velázquez’s family portraits. Nascent elites inevitably seek recognition by assimilation into, not the total destruction of existing social categories. Just as the monarch and feudalism were replaced by a bourgeois meritocracy, likewise too today’s revolutionary levelers will seek as much to reimagine hierarchy as to abolish it.
“The Morozov Collection: Icons of Modern Art,” on display through February 2022 at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, combines important works from the various Morozov collections into one vast exhibition.
With the Rothschild family agreeing to the deal, the Dutch can soon admire the self-portrait on home turf. The Rijksmuseum, which already houses a sizable number of Rembrandts, plans to give it a place of honour.