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Art or Visitors

28 Oct

Visitors on Art|2015|Basel
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Photo by our staff photographer Andreas Baier

It happens more often than you might think: harmless visitors of art fairs were recognised to be expensive art works; here in this case supposedly created by Fernando Botero. The unpleasant consequences: the victims will spent their time as long in custody until they will have paid their duty. For these three fellows an unsolvable problem; and it seems that the Swiss authorities are not willing to discuss this delicate matter any further until the responsible art dealer’s identity to whom ownership can be declared has been brought to the authorities’ attention.

Contrarily to this, the new German «Kulturschutzgesetz» that allows the German government to confiscate almost any kind of artwork – without a proper compensation – that might be interpreted as «an important piece of the national cultural identity», shall be seen as a second-rate joke. Therefore, in Germany no one really cares – except artists, art dealers, art collectors, directors of museums, art critics, at least almost everybody who does not call himself a bloody socialist.

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Diddo Brown: «Louis Vuitton’s Gasmask»

9 Jan

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On his website, Diddo Brown states: «We are in a state of perpetual war – with ourselves and with the eco-system that sustains us. Perpetual war breeds perpetual fear. In the present context, this fear stems from our extreme desire for authenticity and manifests itself in our collectively insatiable culture of consumption.

Deep down, we are afraid we may never be satisfied. An expanding archive of branded myths and icons feeds this fear. Designer Gas Masks is an attempt to visualize this state of mind. Because it is only by first acknowledging and then challenging fear that we will all be able to breathe a little easier.»

Well, we wouldn’t go so far, we simply think it’s an interesting way to show how desirable a gasmask looks like when it is pretending being manufactured by Louis Vuitton. And in additon: Imagine how a well-known fashion victim, such as Christine Lagarde, wears her most fashionable gasmask while negotiating with Angela Merkel, Silvio Berlusconi, David Cameron and François Hollande over Europe’s financial crisis.

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Let’s stick to the basics

2 Nov