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Schirn Kunsthalle (Curators: Cristina Ricupero and Alexis Vaillant, Paris)
Schirn Kunsthalle

Man has always been fascinated with secret societies and their clandestine rites, their covert knowledge, and exclusive circle of members. The character of secret societies ranges from harmless brotherhoods to powerful associations with very special financial and political objectives. Particularly in times of crises, secret societies provide surrogate values for the prevailing political, social and technological systems of order. And how far do secret societies reflect certain mechanisms of contemporary art? With works of art and historical documents such as books, weapons, and Scotland Yard files, the exhibition pursues the nature of the secret societies

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