Landmark Case

Mass. Museum of Contemporary Art Found., Inc. v. Buchel, 593 F.3d 38 (1st Cir. 2010)

Authored by: Michelle Bogre , Nancy Wolff

The Routledge Companion to Copyright and Creativity in the 21st Century

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138999251
eBook ISBN: 9781315658445
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315658445-22

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Abstract

Christoph Büchel is a Swiss artist known for provocative, large-scale art installations. In 2006, Büchel and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) reached an agreement regarding a project entitled “Training Ground for Democracy.” MASS MoCA would exhibit this project, which Büchel envisioned as “essentially a village, . . . contain[ing] several major architectural and structural elements integrated into a whole, through which a visitor could walk (and climb).” Mass. Museum of Contemporary Art Found., Inc. v. Buchel, 593 F.3d 38, 43 (1st Cir. 2010). Visitors would essentially role-play a sort of military training and would “train” to participate in all the activities that collectively constitute modern democracy, in all its flaws and contradictions. As one may expect, this would be the largest project in MASS MoCA’s history.

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