Harald Szeemann | Grandfather: A Pioneer Like Us | Artforum

Dec 01 2019

Harald Szeemann Swiss Institute Glenn Phillips Grandfather A Pioneer Like Us

July 19, 2019. Yesterday I saw a restaging of an exhibition from the 1970s by a now-famous curator. He installed framed documents, letters, combs, and wigs in his Bern, Switzerland, apartment to make an exhibition about his grandfather—a hairdresser who invented one of the first permanent-wave machines. In one corridor hung several prints of a photo of the grandfather alongside typewritten statements from family members. One wrote to the curator, “You are just as egotistical as him. When he was alive you never cared about him very much. But now you are doing an exhibition.” – ELLIE GA

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