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Cubes: Art in the Age of Global Terrorism

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"While Abraham, the slave Hagar, and Ishmael, their son, desperately search for some water in the desert, an angel announces that the child will create a great nation. Hagar lays her son on the ground, and in that precise spot, water gushes forth. God orders Abraham to build a sanctuary there, the Ka'ba, the most secret place of Mecca, the heart of Islam." Attracted by the unadorned purity of the cube, Schneider has turned it into a controversial work that challenges the growing hostility towards Islam, which today is associated almost ...
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"While Abraham, the slave Hagar, and Ishmael, their son, desperately search for some water in the desert, an angel announces that the child will create a great nation. Hagar lays her son on the ground, and in that precise spot, water gushes forth. God orders Abraham to build a sanctuary there, the Ka'ba, the most secret place of Mecca, the heart of Islam." Attracted by the unadorned purity of the cube, Schneider has turned it into a controversial work that challenges the growing hostility towards Islam, which today is associated almost exclusively with terrorism, in order to arouse our curiosity, without prejudice, of Islamic culture. Conceived for the 51, Venice Biennale, the work, "for security reasons," was never installed. The only proof of it is this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788881585809
  • Publisher: Charta
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Gregor Schneider was born in 1969 in Germany and has been exhibiting his work since 1992. Gallery exhibitions of his work have been held throughout Germany and in Tokyo, London, and Warsaw, and museum exhibitions have been mounted at Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld, Kunsthalle Bern and K nstlerhaus Stuttgart, Portikus Frankfurt am Main, and the MusEe diart moderne de la ville de Paris. Schneider was awarded the Golden Lion at the 2001 Venice Biennale.
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Table of Contents

Black dice : on 59[superscript th] Street 7
A space for peace 17
Cube Venice 2005 24
A cube is first of all a cube 27
The Ka'ba 48
The Ka'ba and St. Peter's Square : perspectives of sacred space 51
Private faith versus public domain 65
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