3/11/2007

Gulf Art Fair



DIFC Gulf Art Fair/Global Art Forum'un danışmanlarındandım. Durumu "yerinden" izledim. Platform hakkında bir konuşma yaptım. Jack Persekian, Hassan Khan, Camilla Cañellas, Antonia Carver, Bassam El-Baroni, Saleh Barakat ve Tirdad Zolghadr'ın katıldıkları, Gelecek 10 Yılda Ortadoğu'da Güncel Sanat konulu bir panel yönettim ve Wim Delvoye ile izleyici önünde söyleşi yaptık. Birleşik Arap Emirlikeri'nden Dubai, Abu Dhabhi ve Sharjah'yı dikkatle izlemek gerekiyor. Sharjah'da gelişen bir Bienal var. Abu Dhabhi Fransız Ulusal Müzeleri ve Guggenheim ile anlaştı. Buna tepkileri izliyor olmalısınız. Tahmini 27 Milyar dolarlık kültür kompleksi olan "Saadet Adası"nı Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, ve Tadao Ando yapıyorlar.
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Walters Art Museum'un yönetmeninin blogundan:
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...I suppose the notion that a hot, sandy country with lots of oil money could buy its way into the art world today is somehow different from Napoleon, with lots of soldiers, muscling his way into the art world 200 years ago, by carting off tons of art treasures from a hot, sandy country not so far away from the one in question.

But is it so different from what happened a century and more ago in this country, when the great industrialists of the Gilded Age—the Fricks, the Morgans, the Walters—creatively addressed the then current art/money disequilibrium with their own version of oil wealth to create the great encylopedic collections we enjoy today?

I recall a revealing conversation in an office off the rue Pyramide in Paris some years back, as I tried to broker an exhibition from a former Soviet Republic—a very poor one. The response was that "we, the great museums," don't ask for fees and we certainly don't pay them. Which, I thought, was fine for those great "haves," but where did it leave the rest of us, and most notably, that former Communist-state museum near the Black Sea, with its dim lights, dirty floors, empty galleries—and no heat?"