Art market Magazine April 2016

 
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Christine Macel 
hen Christine Macel,…
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Christine Macel
hen Christine Macel, Chief Curator at the Centre PompidouMusée National d’Art Moderne, was announced as the curator of the next Venice Biennial, the news
made a considerable splash in the French contemporary art world. The venerable Biennial, created in 1895, whose next edition is taking place from 13 May to 26 November 2017, shares pole position for this type of event with the Kassel Documenta, but has the additional magic of Venice's inimitable aura. And its scope is even more international than its rival's, which is more Germany-centric. To be appointed curator of the Venice Biennial means entering the extremely closed circle of top international curators. It is thus splendid recognition not only for Christine Macel, but also, through her, for the Centre Pompidou and more broadly, the world of French contemporary art. No matter how delightful and unexpected such appointments always are, there was nothing unpredictable about this one for the woman who has already curated two national pavilions at previous Venice Biennials, presenting Eric

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Duyckaerts in the Belgian pavilion in 2007, then Anri Sala in the French Pavilion in 2013. And even before all that, she had sat from 2003 to 2006 on the Biennial's nomination committee, which certainly drew attention to her, and opened a few doors – especially since this went hand in hand with experiences that often took her abroad, and led to her work with top international curators like Okwui Enwezor and Daniel Birnbaum. Being curator of the Venice Biennial is a highly exposed position with undeniable prestige, which can ultimately make or break a contemporary art professional's legitimacy, as we saw with the last three editions. Five years ago, the Swiss curator Bice Curiger burnt her fingers badly with a Biennial almost unanimously considered a disaster. Her successor, born in Italy but with a career mainly in the US, was Massimiliano Gioni, who took on the job in favourable circumstances, after the failure of his predecessor. But, overrated when the event was announced, he proved disappointing in the light of his actions. After that, the Nigerian curator Okwui Enwezor, who had made a career essentially in America and Germany, presented an impeccable

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