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René Block
René Block opened a gallery in Berlin in 1964 at the age of twenty-two. His first exhibitions and performances were arranged with artists like Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Wolf Vostell, Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik, and the international Fluxus group. In 1974 he opened an exhibition space in New York with I Like America and America Likes Me, by Joseph Beuys. At the same time Block started to work as an independent curator, he curated Downtown Manhattan: SoHo (1976) and Für Augen und Ohren (1980), both for the Berlin Festival, as well as Art Allemagne Aujourd’hui for the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1981). From 1993 to 1995 he determined the program of the exhibition service at the Institute for Foreign Relations (ifa), which is responsible for the presentation of German Art abroad. From 1997 to 2006 Block was the director of the Kunsthalle Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany. In 2008 he founded the artspace TANAS in Berlin, a platform for Turkish art. In Denmark he was cofounder of Kunsthalle 44 Moen and functions as its artistic director.
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Volume 12, Number 3, May/June 2013
by René Block
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