55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia
01 Jun - 24 Nov 2013
13 Sep 2013 7:00 PM
Salon Suisse – Power and Economy
Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi
Campo S.Agnese-Dorsoduro 810
I-30123 Venezia
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In their groundbreaking book The New Spirit of Capitalism (1999), Luc Boltanski and Ève Chiapello state that capitalism feeds on the criticism of capitalism. In this respect, the art system has always served as a perfect sparring partner. However in the last decades an entire industry of creativity has emerged in the post-industrial societies. Freewheeling thought experiments and avant-garde mentality have become assets in the economy. What does this mean with regard to the hate/love-relationship between art and capitalism? Is capitalism losing art as its sparring partner and entering an era of shadow boxing?