Metropolis M no. 5 out now

Metropolis M

October 17, 2011

Metropolis M no. 5 out now

How can we respond to the massive budget cuts to the cultural sector in the Netherlands? Metropolis M outlines some strategies for survival. 

Frieze is 20
Frieze continues to broaden it horizons. Their successful magazine has a new German edition and there are new art fairs, one specialized in old masters and one in New York. Is there still a future for art criticism without commercial sidelines? JJ Charlesworth interviews Matthew Slotover, co-founder of Frieze. 

Wilfredo Prieto
The work of the Cuban artist Wilfredo Prieto grows increasingly minimal. A portrait in association with his solo exhibition in Amsterdam, by curator and critic Inti Guerrero. 

Markus Miessen on Crossbench Praxis
Architect and theorist Markus Miessen wants to break away from culture in search of the greatest common denominator and argues for a politics that magnifies contrasts. 

Postcolonialism in the Netherlands
Dutch art institutes have shown only sporadic interest in their country’s colonial past and its consequences. Alice Smits describes a new generation of artists and curators who are changing that. 

Spectres by Sven Augustijnen
The Brussels-based artist’s newest film looks at Belgian colonial history in Congo. Augustijnen reveals how searching for truth in an art documentary is a pointless and futile effort. 

Column: Tirdad Zolghadr
Tirdad Zolghadr is Metropolis M‘s newest regular columnist, a task that motivates him to reflect on the comparison between a magazine and a period room. 

Documenta 13 thinks ahead
A series of 100 pertinent publications looks forward to Documenta 13 in 2012. Chus Martínez, who is editing the series, tells us more. 

Discovery channel
Art and science are intermingling, as we see in the work of artists Kianoosh Motallebi, Maarten Vanden Eynde and Edith Dekyndt. 

And further (Dutch only):
Nina Yuen’s first museum solo show; Vincent Vulsma’s conceptual vandalism; a typography of speed; the young artists Michiel Ceulers and Magdalena Pilko; self-help books on sponsoring art; reviews from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Middelburg, and more. 

Now online at columns from our special issue, 20 X PROTEST, a response to Dutch culture cuts, by Domeniek Ruyters, Ann Goldstein, Ann Demeester, Moosje Goosen, Hito Steyerl, Elena Filipovic, Jeremiah Day and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Metropolis M is a bimonthly, bilingual magazine on contemporary art (NL/ENG) based in the Netherlands. Metropolis M is available at shops and museums across Europe and can be purchased at our online store