United Nations Plaza comes to a close

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Artforum translated part of an article in taz

“The seminars and events were usually well attended, if not crowded,” writes Heidenreich. “And that happened, even though some of the announcements read like a threat—e.g., ‘One expects all participants to be present for the full four hours’—and English was the continuous language, and the whole project was thrown across the local art landscape like a drop sculpture.” Those drawbacks might be the very reasons for the project’s success. “Without any consideration for the established and the sufficiently segmented art circles of Berlin, unitednationsplaza was an international cultural import of rare intensity. Situations with a similar density do not often occur.”