Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Just in is the book on the right from Museum Abteiberg Monchengladbach in Germany. It is a record of Michael Stevenson’s 2005 exhibition at the Museum titled Art of the eighties and seventies. The book (as did the exhibition) focuses on two installations. The first examines the connections in the 1980s between the collector Giuseppe Count Panza di Biumo and the design and building of Monchengladbach. In the second the fate of Tony Shafrazi’s contemporary art gallery in Iran is explored. Opened in 1978, Shafrazi was able to hold one exhibition (Gold bricks by Armenia artist Zadik Zadikian) before being closed down during the overthrow of the Shah and the Islamic Revolution. The book includes an interview with Hans Hollein, the architect of Monchengladbach and an essay by David Craig of the University of Auckland.

The book on the left was published in 1999 and is a catalogue of Count Panza’s collection.