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A new generation of artists is fighting this trend and creating explicitly activist art connected to a changing world.
A sculpture of a kneeling Hitler was recently sold for 17 million dollars. Has art turned into nothing more than a market, where only museums’ visitor numbers count, or the stardom of an artist such as Ai Weiwei?
The British artist Isaac Julien had the works of Karl Marx read out loud at the last edition of the Venice Biennale, while private yachts were mooring at the quay for the opening, and with Julien himself being sponsored by Rolls Royce. It led cultural pessimists to announce the ‘end of art’. According to them, art is now ruled by money, celebrity, design and digital mass culture.
With: Alessandro Baricco (author), Renzo Martens (visual artist), Femke Herregraven (visual artist), Mark Nash & Isaac Julien (visual artists), Anthony Meacock and Lewis Jones (architects art collective Assemble) and Timothy Morton (philosopher).