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Harald Falckenberg

Harald Falckenberg is President of the Kunstrverein Hamburg and cocurator of ZKM's Paul Thek exhibit. He is one of Europe's most important collectors of contemporary art and a prolific essayist on art issues.

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Paul Thek occupied a place between high art and low art, between the epic and the everyday. During his brief life (1933-1988), he went against the grain of art world trends, humanizing the institutional spaces of art with the force of his humor, spirituality, and character. Twenty years after Thek's death from AIDS, we can now recognize his influence on contemporary artists ranging from Vito Acconci and Bruce Nauman to Matthew Barney, Mike Kelley, and Paul McCarthy, as well as Kai Althoff, Jonathan Meese, and Thomas Hirschhorn.