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February 3 - April 1, 2007

Opening reception: February 2, 6 - 9 pm

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Shrinking Cities, a project by Germany's Federal Cultural Foundation, the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, explores a form of urban development that has become a global phenomenon. Starting in 2002, local teams were commissioned in Detroit (USA), Manchester/Liverpool (Britain), Ivanovo (Russia), and Halle/Leipzig (Germany) to investigate and document processes of urban shrinking. In more than fifty exhibition contributions, artists, architects, filmmakers, journalists, culture experts, and sociologists reveal and illuminate the changing realities of these cities.

One goal of the project is to develop a better understanding of how and why population and business in these cities have declined. Another goal is to recognize ways such change can help us understand and approach contemporary urban issues. The exhibit examines both the positive and negative side effects of urban decline, and also offers the opportunity for new ideas (including an international ideas competition) to be presented.

Shrinking Cities had its world premiere in Berlin, August, 2004, at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Since this time it has traveled to the Contemporary Art Museums in Halle and Leipzig Germany, and is being scheduled to visit New York, Tokyo, Moscow and Liverpool among others.

The Shrinking Cities exhibit will make its U.S. debut in Detroit February, 2007, co-sponsored by MOCAD and Cranbrook Art Museum. A bus will be available to take viewers to both venues. This collaborative venture presents, among other things, a unique opportunity to explore the multiple and often complex relationships between city and suburb. The German Federal Cultural Foundation is a major sponsor in bringing the exhibition to Detroit.

For more on Shrinking Cities visit http://www.shrinkingcities.com

Top to bottom: Site specific work by Ingo Vetter (Berlin), installation shots of Shrinking Cities exhibition in Berlin, photograph by Bas Princen (Ivanovo, Russia).