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The Research of Hans Haacke Support for European Literature and Art Funding

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DOI: 10.23977/jsoce.2022.041115 | Downloads: 8 | Views: 492


Yifan Cao 1, Wenlei Zhao 1, Mansheng Zou 1


1 Shanghai Publishing and Printing College, Shanghai, China

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Yifan Cao


Hans Haacke is a concept artist born in Germany and active in the United States. From the 1970s to the 1990s, the core of his art works was about cultural and political criticism. The purpose of his art works was to expose social problems and discuss social hot spots. During this period, Haacke paid attention to such issues as enterprise monopoly, art mechanism, enterprise sponsorship, multiculturalism, racism, citizens' autonomy, anti Nazi, and government enforcement, especially the relationship between art and commercial sponsorship. He used sociologist's vision and investigation methods to create art works, thus revealing the “hidden” secret of commercial sponsorship in the art market, For example, the connection between the board of directors and political decision-making, the trend of the exhibition nature of museums and art galleries dominated by political and business power, the privatization of cultural institutions, etc. Haacke use Sociological approach to explain the story behind political culture frankly. He explored the causes and results of social events through his art works. He is more like a radical intellectual who has cultural and political insight with sharp critical power. This article mainly analyzes the content changes in the artist works and media role have already changed after the intervention of literary and artistic funding in the art market. Haacke was standing on the cusp of that times, Dare to use art works to ridicule and expose the "black curtain" of literary and artistic funding.


Hans Haacke, literary and artistic support, media role


Yifan Cao, Wenlei Zhao, Mansheng Zou, The Research of Hans Haacke Support for European Literature and Art Funding. Journal of Sociology and Ethnology (2022) Vol. 4: 114-120. DOI:


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