A genealogy of the global in art exhibitions. The gap between Westkunst and the global contemporary

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With Westkunst (Cologne, 1981) an exhibition that can be considered as the highest point of celebration of modernity according to the ol Western and international system– and The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art Worlds, (Karlsruhe, 2011) –a celebration of the “global paradigm”– the world of exhibitions experienced one of those epochal epistemological turns that can be called “rites of passage,” from a monocultural world to another world gradually becoming multicultural, intercultural, and globalised.


Transnational dialogues, ethnoscapes, deterritorialisation, cosmopolitanism, New Internationalism, Interculturalism, Primitivism, afropolitanism.


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