|From galleries to parks to shopping malls, Europe's young artists are breaking out of the
narrow confines of canvas and frame. Today, they favor video cameras, sledge hammers,
animal bones and old bedding.|
There has never been a more exciting time to get close to art's cutting edge. Those who go
to Europe only to seek out old masters would miss a dynamic, energetic and exciting art
Of course, the Elgin Marbles and the Mona Lisa have their rightful place on anyone's itinerary.
But, as curator Robert Monk points out, if you expand your horizons and seek out the works of today's
artists, you'll be rewarded with a deeper understanding of what life in Europe is like
The best way to approach this quest is to put aside terms like Conceptual or Postmodern
Art. They won't help you enjoy or even understand works such as the cow heads presented in
formaldehyde by London's Damien Hirst, or the dead beetles with which Flemish artist Jan
Fabre decorates his map of the world, or the pig-sty installations of Cologne's Carsten
Holler and Rosemarie Trockel.