The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds After 1989

‘The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds After 1989’, curated by Hans Belting, Andrea Buddensieg and Peter Weibel for the ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art in Karlsruhe, gave an overview of what the curators considered to be global art. In order to disclaim the proposition that art is an exclusively Western affair, the exhibition showed that artists from all over the world now contest the notion of art. Since this accent on inclusiveness seems to have been the dominant criterion for selection, the resulting exhibition was overstuffed, superficial and anachronistic – and in this paradoxically succeeded in illustrating the notion of global art.

Read more: Global Contemporary Review

Published in Third Text 26:5, 622-625