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La Belgique visionnaire. C'est arrivˇ pr¸s de chez nous. Palais de Beaux-Arts, Brussels - oraganized by Harald Szeemann

history:

In 2000, after the election of the right wing politiician Haider into the Austrian government, the Belgian foreign minister pronounced publicly: "Don't ski in Austria" : I agree with opposing Haider, but I thought that this kind of opposition was highly problematic and started a series of "don't drawings" which cummilated in this piece of chocolate. = brown was the political color of the Nazi.

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discussing the condition of the piece, the chocolate (our 3rd attempt) cracked one more time - and we decided to accept it this way:

An assistant from the museum commented on it giving it a political spin which I find very interesting. she allowed me to quote her e-mail:

 

"I' am happy you like it! The crack is in the chocolate itself , it seems that the block is sliced in two at mid-height. ..... For my part I love it like this because speeking about politics, this huge mass collapsing on its own refers for me so much to our political situation here in Belgium. Our country was never and is less and less a unified entity, french and flamish are tacking so different political options at the moment that Belgium doesn't seem anymore to be a real country (was it one day?). So you piece became for me a 'metaphore' of our own inexistence and a symbol of our wealthy chocolate kingdom. I hope you don't mind I give my opinion, I wish you the best and send you new pictures as soon as possible, Saskia. "

 

 

 

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