Koolhaas at the Biennale of Venezia
In all a worthwile exhibition is the biennale in venezia, where there's also a piece of Koolhaas examining the relationship between modernization, capitalism and the rationalisation and organisation of art. He places the cancerlike growth of the Louvre and the British Museum, against the deterioration of the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, disqualifying the first as an overorganised Disneyfication, leaving no open spaces for viewing art as opposed to the Hermitages decay that shows art as being part of a living structure. It also has a nice graphic of the exuberant growth of spent money on art in the last bit of the twentieth century.
Though it is maybe somewhat old fashioned to critisize modernity in this way, i like this adaptation of critical theory for the next century. Maybe it is not the elitist Adorno that ought to be looked at again, but instead Marcuse, who used Schillers 'Spieltrieb' as a way of applying art in bringing rationalization back to fysical man, alienating us from the alienation caused by the rationalization of modernity.