by Erwin Weishaupt
"Douglas Gordon’s The Vanity of Allegory
," July 16-Sept. 10, 2005, at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Unter den Linden 13/15, 10117 Berlin, Germany.
Berlin’s creative world is so compartmentalized that you can be pretty sure you won’t bump into any of your fellow ravers at a museum opening, particularly at the Deutsche Guggenheim. Part of the global expansionist vision of the New York-based Guggenheim Museum, the single-room exhibition space, given a sanitary design by modernist architect Richard Glucksman, located unambiguously in the Deutsche Bank building on Unter der Linden, is a boxy, commercial-seeming space in the heart of a metropolis celebrated rather more for its underground art scene than for its institutional achievement in contemporary culture.