Hans Haacke, Germania, German Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 1993, © Hans Haacke/Artists Rights Society
Hans Haacke’s seminal work, Germania, at the Venice Biennale in 1993 was the first time that an artist had made a critique of the national pavilion, using it as a subject of inquiry and space of contestation.
This will be the starting point for a conversation between Haacke and art critic Irving Sandler, who will consider the influence of the artist’s early systems works in relation to the Pavilion and later projects.
Organized in collaboration with the New Museum as part of a series of conversations on landmark exhibitions in 1993.
New York, NY 10003
Hans Haacke was born 1936 in Cologne, Germany, and has lived in New York since 1965. Haacke has had solo exhibitions at the following: Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Tate Gallery, London; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Venice Biennale; Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Serpentine Gallery, London; Generali Foundation, Vienna; Akademie der Künste, Berlin and Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2006); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2012). Haacke has also participated in Documenta, and the Biennials of Venice, São Paulo, Sydney, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Gwangju, Sharjah, and the Whitney Biennial. With Nam June Paikm, he received the Golden Lion for best pavilion at the Venice Biennial in 1993. Haacke is the author, with Pierre Bourdieu, of Free Exchange (1995). Haacke taught at The Cooper Union from 1967 to 2002.
Dr. Irving Sandler is an art critic and historian who is Professor Emeritus of Art History at State University of New York. He is a contributing editor of Art in America. Dr. Sandler is the author of numerous publications including four surveys of art since World War II: The Triumph of American Painting: A History of Abstract Expressionism, The New York School: Painters and Sculptors of the 1950s, American Art of the 1960s, and Art of the Postmodern Era: From the late 1960s to the Early 1990s. He has also written A Sweeper-Up After Artists: A Memoir, From Avant-Garde to Pluralism: An On-The-Spot History, and Abstract Expressionism and the American Experience, as well as monographs on Alex Katz, Al Held, and Mark di Suvero, among others. He is a former president and current board member of the American Section of the International Association of Art Critics. He was the director of the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York, and a co-founder of Artists Space Gallery in New York. In 2008, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Art Criticism from the International Association of Art Critics.