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"Mosque" Installation Case Reaches Dead End
by Paul Fontaine
The installation piece "Mosque" that was shut down by Venice police last May might stay that way, as legal inroads reach a dead end. However, other avenues are being explored.
DV reports that "Mosque", an installation piece by Cristoph Büchel consisting of a replica mosque built inside a deconsecrated church in Venice, Italy, will not open again any time soon. The Icelandic Arts Centre had attempted to appeal a decision made by the city's police last May to shut down the installation.
While the Icelandic Arts Centre appealed to higher municipal authorities to reverse the decision and expedite the case, this motion was rejected. As the appeals process can take a year or more, this means the installation is unlikely to re-open before the end of the Venice Biennale celebrations, which conclude in November.
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