Corruption, negligence, dodgy exorcists: South Korea’s president was impeached after years of on-screen drama. The world’s most dynamic cinema now comes from Seoul — and its cult gangster and horror movies set the stage this year for a nationwide reckoning
by Michelle Cho
by M. Neelika Jayawardane
South Africa’s student protesters have trained their eyes on art and monuments on university campuses. When is tearing down a statue progress, and when is it just iconoclasm?
Brasília at Midnight
by Silas Martí
Latin America’s powerhouse has buckled, and with startling speed. Seventy years of progress and downfall have taught Brazil’s artists about survival — but this crisis may put off the future forever
Declaration of Dependence
by Laura McLean-Ferris
Anne Imhof knows the studio is no place to hide. Everyone knows everyone, everyone needs everyone; your relationships are as Instagrammable, and as shudder-inducing, as an ice bucket dumped over head
Build That Wall
by Thomas de Monchaux
Now his New York penthouse is a dictator’s explosion of marble and gold. But in the 1980s, Donald Trump hired one of the era’s most important interior decorators, his work now lost to time and remodeling
From Issue 7
Can’t Buy Me Love
by Silas Martí
A brash host of The Apprentice takes power — in São Paulo. But if you think the new mayor is the most tasteless citizen of Latin America’s largest city, you should meet his artist wife
“She went on to tell me that her assistants, before joining her team, all lived in shacks. She gave them new homes, new teeth and good — private — health care. ‘They’re happy today,’ Bia exulted. ‘They even feel like they’re artists, because they work for me.’”
Counsel for the
From June 2
Ahead of the art fair, this young Chinese artist known for his elaborate, sometimes camp installations gets going in the city on the Rhine. Yan, born in 1986 and now based between Los Angeles and Beijing, makes not only exhibitions but also strange, rumor-filled narratives that ripple through them.
Portraits by Cézanne
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
From June 13
John Elderfield, MoMA’s former painting supremo, has organized the first show ever devoted to the portraits of “the father of us all” — stiffer and trickier than the still lifes and landscapes from which 20th-century painting sprung.
DESTE Foundation, Hydra, Greece
From June 20
The island hosts Walker’s first public project since the colossal sugar sphinx that defined the New York summer of 2014. Its left hand (with its fingers suggestively reconfigured) will make its way from Brooklyn sugar factory to Greek slaughterhouse.
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
From June 28
The National Museum of American History has spent years preparing a massive new wing, which was supposed to open before the 2016 election. The delay has upped its stakes, and given its ballot boxes and protest placards the past the cast of a present-day crusade.
From Issue 7
Rei Kawakubo at the altar
Two interviews from issue 7
Charline von Heyl
“When I started out I wanted the paintings to basically torture people. What I want now is something that seduces more than it angers.”
“Ballet is a highly sophisticated emotional expression, but it was central to a political project: the governance of Louis XIV. The world is ballet, and he is in the center of it.”