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Art and Provocation in the Czar's Palace

52' (GER, FRE)
Kasper König, one of the most important figures in the art world, has become curator of the 10th Manifesta in Saint Petersburg.

The European biennial of modern art will be staged in Russia for the first time in 2014. As soon as this was announced, there were protests in the international art scene: is it right to honour a country which is the stage for increasing autocracy, violations of human rights and homophobia with the art biennial?

Kasper König believes that the Manifesta is part of a major process in which contemporary art and society can enter into a dialogue with the traditional. He has invited world-famous artists such as Marlene Dumas, Katharina Fritsch and Thomas Hirschhorn. What Kasper König could not anticipate were the current political developments and Russia’s aggression in the Ukraine. The film accompanies Kasper König in his anything but simple daily routine in Saint Petersburg – because the resistance on the Russian side and the bureaucratic hurdles are considerable.

Fotos: ©WDR

Original Title: Kunst und Provokation im Zarenpalast - Die Europäische Biennale in Sankt Petersburg
Year: 2014
Length: 52' (GER, FRE)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Irene Langemann, Sabine Rollberg
Produced by: WDR, arte

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