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Edited by Adeline Blanchard and Thibaut de Ruyter.
Texts by Inke Arns, Stéphane Bauer, Katia Baudin, Oriane Durand, Florian Ebner, Fanny Gonella, Marie Graftieaux, Nele Heinevetter, Bettina Klein, Judy Lybke, Thomas Olbricht, Susanne Pfeffer, Kathleen Rahn, Thibaut de Ruyter, Esther Schipper, Jens Emil Sennewald, Giovanni Springmeier, Bettina Steinbrügge, Michel Stiernon, Thomas Thiel.
Graphic design: Archive Appendix.
published in November 2016
bilingual edition (French / German)
16,5 x 23 cm (softcover)
528 pages (b/w ill.)
The publication sheds light on the 20-year history of the presence of French artists
in Germany through the voices of selected representatives of the German art scene
(on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Bureau des arts plastiques in Berlin).
To highlight the the actions of the Bureau des arts plastiques (BDAP) since 1996, as well the support it lends to French artistic creation in a highly competitive context of the art ecosystem in Germany, the BDAP has launched a publication that gives the floor to the German art scene and its approach to French art. 20 personalities from the German art world—critics, curators, directors of institutions and independent venues, gallery owners and collectors—are invited take a close look at the French art scene.
Zeitgeist has been designed as a chronological work in which fragments of the history of the presence of French artists in Germany over the last 20 years appear. How do French artists take part in the effervescent German art scene through major events such as Documenta, the Berlin Biennale and the Cologne Art Fair? Which personalities have contributed to promoting our art scene in Germany?