26 April 2017

The Parliament of Bodies
Kassel, April 27–29, 2017
How does it feel to be a problem?

iQhiya, The Portrait, 2016, Performance, photo: Stathis Mamalakis

The Parliament of Bodies, the Public Programs of documenta 14, emerged from the experience of the so-called “long summer of migration” in Europe, revealing the simultaneous failure not only of modern representative democratic institutions but also of ethical practices of hospitality. The Parliament was in ruins. The real Parliament was on the streets, constituted by unrepresented and undocumented bodies resisting austerity measures and xenophobic policies.More

The Parliament of Bodies, the Public Programs of documenta 14, emerged from the experience of the so-called “long summer of migration” in Europe, revealing the simultaneous failure not only of modern representative democratic institutions but also of ethical practices of hospitality. The Parliament was in ruins. The real Parliament was on the streets, constituted by unrepresented and undocumented bodies resisting austerity measures and xenophobic policies.


The planet is going through a process of "counter-reform" that seeks to reinstall white-masculine supremacy and to undo the democratic achievements that the workers’ movements, the anti-colonial, indigenous, ecologist, feminist, sexual liberation, and anti-psychiatric movements have struggled to grant during the last two centuries. In this context, The Parliament of Bodies becomes a site of activism, alliance, and cooperation.

After eight months of activity in Athens, The Parliament of Bodies is gathering for the first time in Kassel calling for an anti-fascist, trans-feminist, and anti-racist coalition. The Parliament of Bodies takes W. E. B. Du Bois’s question “How does it feel to be a problem?” as a possible interpellation directed today at the "99 percent” of the planet, taking into consideration the process that African philosopher Achille Mbembé has called “becoming black of the world.” Whereas the modern colonial and patriarchal regime invented the “worker,” the “domestic woman,” the “black,” the “indigenous,” and the “homosexual,” today new government technologies are inventing new forms of subjection: from the criminalized Muslim to the undocumented migrant, from the precarious worker to the homeless, from the disabled to the sick as consumers of the industries of normalization to the sexualized worker, and the undocumented transsexual.

This performative gathering establishes no hierarchies between radically different knowledge, languages, and practices, between activism and performance, between theory and poetry, between art and politics: collectively, we experiment with the construction of a public space of visibility and enunciation. This is a gathering of those who have become a “problem” for today’s hegemonic discourse: we don’t share identities, we are bound by different forms of oppression, of displacement and dispossession more than by our skin color, our sex, gender, or sexuality. The Parliament of Bodies is not made of identities but of critical processes of disidentification.
(Paul B. Preciado)

PROGRAM

Thursday April 27, 2017

FRIDERICIANUM

3 pm Introduction by Adam Szymczyk and Paul B. Preciado
3:15 pm Boris Buden, Fascism: A Crime in Search of Perpetrators
4 pm iQhiya, Fresh off the Boat
4:45 pm Ulrich Schneider, Facing History and Ourselves: Preserving Memory—Acting Today—Change for the Future
5:30 pm Chto Delat, Here Me Burning
6 pm Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Idle Chatter 2nd – Holzwege

7 pm BREAK

8 pm Dimitris Kousouris, Old and New Fascisms and Antifascisms
8:45 pm Lerato Shadi, Dinonyane tse Pedi
9:15 pm The Apatride Society of the Political Others (Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, Nelli Kambouri, Margarita Tsomou), Integrated World Capitalism and the Ithagenia Condition: On Indigenous Knowledge in the European Crisis, Migration and Borders, the Coloniality of Contemporary Capitalism, and Self-Determined Otherness
10 pm Zoe Mavroudi, The Witch Hunts of Athens: An Experiment for a New Europe
10:45 pm Raúl de Nieves, La Mosca/The Fly

11:15 pm BREAK

12:30 am Adespotes Skiles, The Waltz of the Dirty Streets
1:30 am LOTIC

(Mattin, Unscheduled Interventions)

Friday April 28, 2017

FRIDERICIANUM

10 am–3 pm Georgia Sagri, Attempt. Come
3 pm Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Questions about the Double-Headed Monster That Is Destroying Life on the Planet, and How to Deal with It
3:45 pm Grada Kilomba, Illusions
4:15 pm Tatiana Roque, Back to the Closet! A Backlash Against Emerging Political Subjectivities
5 pm Zülfukar Çetin, Bodily Autonomy of Refuged Sex Workers and the Moralization of the Sex of the Other
5:45 pm María Galindo, Manifesto and How to Deal with the Feminist Insurrection

7 pm BREAK

8 pm–10:30 pm ALLIANCES BETWEEN MINOR INSTITUTIONS
Stavros Stavrides, Emergent Common Spaces: Reinventing the Politics of Sharing
Anna Dević/WHW, From Partisan Exhibitions to Exhibitions of Partisanship
Gigi Argyropoulou, (Im)potential Resistances
Emanuele Braga, Beyond Work and Private Property, the Macao Experience as an Institution of the Commons
Maria Mitsopoulou and Mariza Avgeri, Clercking
Vasyl Cherepanyn, Thinking Under Attack: On the International Principles of Contemporary Antifascism
Olga Lafazani, Subverting the Borders Between Host and Hosted. The Everyday Life in City Plaza Project
Chto Delat (Dmitry Vilensky), To be a Dissident: Screening and Questioning

10:30 pm BREAK

11:30 pm Vaginal Davis, No One Leaves Delila
12:15 am Boris Baltschun and Serge Baghdassarians, Backing Track
12:45 am The Boy

(Mattin, Unscheduled Interventions)

Saturday April 29, 2017

FRIDERICIANUM

12 pm Film screening, Aris Chatzistefanou, Fascism Inc, 2015, Greece, 73 min.
Directed by Aris Chatzistefanou, Greek with English/German subtitles

4 pm–6:30 pm ALLIANCES BETWEEN ANTIFASCIST MOVEMENTS FROM ATHENS AND KASSEL
Aris Chatzistefanou
Ayşe Güleç
Dimitris Kousouris
Thanassis Kampagiannis
Kassel postcolonial (Joshua Kwesi Aikins and Evelyn Wangui)
Forensic Architecture (Stefanos Lividis)
Magda Fyssa
Yannis Nifakos
The Society of Friends of Halit and The Initiative of 6th of April (Lilimor Kuht, Serdar Kazak, and Fritz Laszlo Weber)
Eleftheria Tompatzoglou
Natascha Sadr Haghighian
Niovi Zarampouka-Chatzimanou

7 pm BREAK

8 pm Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, An Alignment of Contested Bodies and Spaces: On Alterity, Asynchrony, and Heterogeneity
8:45 pm Alfredo Jaar, It Is difficult
9:45 pm Cecilia Vicuña, Breaking the Heart of Creation
10:30 pm Schwabinggrad Ballett & Arrivati, Beyond Welcome

(Mattin, Unscheduled Interventions)

26 April 2017

University of Kassel appoints Nora Sternfeld to its documenta
Professorship

Prof. Dr. Nora Sternfeld. Photo: Daniel Shaked.

Prof. Dr. Nora Sternfeld will be the new documenta Professor at the Kassel School of Art and Design, a part of the University of Kassel. The Austrian native is currently a professor at the Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. The University of Kassel has thus selected a figure with a strong reputation in the international art world for this position in good time prior to the beginning of documenta 14 in Kassel. In addition to other activities, Sternfeld will also work on the development of a planned documenta Institute.More

Prof. Dr. Nora Sternfeld will be the new documenta Professor at the Kassel School of Art and Design, a part of the University of Kassel. The Austrian native is currently a professor at the Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. The University of Kassel has thus selected a figure with a strong reputation in the international art world for this position in good time prior to the beginning of documenta 14 in Kassel. In addition to other activities, Sternfeld will also work on the development of a planned documenta Institute.


Sternfeld (41) received a doctorate in art and cultural studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 2012. In the same year she started in a professorship for Curating and Mediating Art at the Aalto University. Prior to that she had had various teaching appointments, including one at the Kassel School of Art and Design in 2009. Her research focuses on the theory and practice of art exhibition, critical museum research, art education and educational theory as well as curatorial and artistic research.

"I see one of the most important aims of my research work as positioning Kassel as an internationally relevant location for exhibition theory and practice, also in the periods between the exhibitions which occur here every five years," Sternfeld remarked. In addition to her research and teaching activities, she will be involved in the conception of a documenta Institute, which should include the existing documenta Archive. The University is working closely together with the city of Kassel and the documenta GmbH in this regard.

"I am very pleased that we have been able to gain Ms. Sternfeld for this professorship, which has great significance for the national and international visibility of the University of Kassel," said University President Prof. Dr. Reiner Finkeldey. "This is also underlined by the fact that there was a very strong pool of applicants for the position. I am sure that Ms. Sternfeld will contribute to the regional as well as the international networking of the University of Kassel and of the School of Art and Design. This increases the visibility of the city, the University and the documenta in equal measure."

Prof. Joel Baumann, Rector of the Kassel School of Art and Design, commented on the new professorship: "The Kassel School of Art and Design is pleased about the establishment of a permanent documenta Institute in Kassel. The documenta had its origin at the Art School and is connected with it in many ways. Many of our teachers were artists who participated in the documenta. Since the beginning of the documenta, our students have also actively participated in the organisation, communication and dissemination of the documenta. As an educational institution we have thus been inexorably and continuously linked with the exhibition. Continuing to develop this connection, integrating art studies, the humanities and the social sciences and at the same time pursuing artistic research and investigation strengthens this unique, profile-enhancing cooperation and highlights Kassel as a cultural and educational location. Therefore it is a central interest of ours to secure the establishment of the documenta Professorship at the Kassel School of Art and Design on a long term basis."

The exact denomination of the professorship is "Art Studies/documenta". The position will be financed for five years from funds of the innovation and structural development budget of the state of Hessen. During its development phase the professorship can also rely on funding from the Hübner and Kennedy Foundation GmbH. Following this, the Kassel School of Art and Design and the University aim to make it a permanent position.

26 April 2017

Opening of documenta 14's press and information center in Kassel

The documenta 14 Press and Information Center opens its doors in Kassel tomorrow, Thursday, 27 April. We warmly invite you to come by and visit us at Friedrichsplatz 4 in the former building of Leder Meid between 12 and 4 pm.

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The documenta 14 Press and Information Center opens its doors in Kassel tomorrow, Thursday, 27 April. We warmly invite you to come by and visit us at Friedrichsplatz 4 in the former building of Leder Meid between 12 and 4 pm.

The documenta 14 Press and Information Center in Kassel is an information site and first point of contact for all visitors and members of the press. In the Press and Information Center we provide information materials on documenta 14, answer your questions and inform you about the program of events. Journalists can accredit themselves at the center and use the workplaces on-site during the exhibition.

On the occasion of the Press and Information Center’s opening we offer the possibility to purchase tickets for documenta 14. Select documenta 14 articles as well as the publications documenta 14: Daybook and The documenta 14 Reader are available as of tomorrow. Visitors who would like to donate books for The Parthenon of Books are very welcome to submit these at the Press and Information Center.

Address
Friedrichsplatz 4
34117 Kassel

Opening days and hours
April 27–June 4, 2017
Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–2 pm
June 5–September 17, 2017
10 am–8 pm daily

21 April 2017

Presentation by Klaus Honnef: How photography came to documenta

© 2012 documenta Archiv

Presentation by Klaus Honnef on 27. April 2017

Half a century ago, the appointment to the directorial team of documenta was a particular honor. With documenta 5, the first of two exhibitions in which Klaus Honnef participated, this was to change: now professional deferment rather than career advancement; questions, problems, and contradictions instead of aesthetic certainties. Against the background of a dramatically changing definition of art which was significantly influenced by documenta 5 and 6, the presentation will focus on personal memories and shed light on internal discussions.More

Presentation by Klaus Honnef on 27. April 2017

Half a century ago, the appointment to the directorial team of documenta was a particular honor. With documenta 5, the first of two exhibitions in which Klaus Honnef participated, this was to change: now professional deferment rather than career advancement; questions, problems, and contradictions instead of aesthetic certainties. Against the background of a dramatically changing definition of art which was significantly influenced by documenta 5 and 6, the presentation will focus on personal memories and shed light on internal discussions.


Starting with documenta 6, photography and film appeared alongside painting, drawing, and sculpture as equally valid forms of artistic expression. Photographic material from the documenta archiv accompanies the presentation.

Thursday, 27. April 2017, 7 p.m.
Auditorium of the Kunsthochschule Kassel, Menzelstrasse 13–15

Organized in cooperation with the Kunsthochschule Kassel, University of Kassel.

21 April 2017

29 March 2017

The documenta archiv gets a new image with a web presence, logo, and -custom typography.

Logo development for the documenta archiv © L2M3 Kommunikationsdesign GmbH, Stuttgart

In a competition at the end of last year, the Stuttgart Design Agency L2M3 Kommunikationsdesign GmbH was selected to create a new, modern corporate design for the documenta archiv. The new visual identity developed by Professor Sascha Lobe and his team encompasses not only the documenta archiv’s logo and letterhead, but also a radical new concept and design for the website www.documenta-archiv.de. Additionally the archive received a custom typeface.More

In a competition at the end of last year, the Stuttgart Design Agency L2M3 Kommunikationsdesign GmbH was selected to create a new, modern corporate design for the documenta archiv. The new visual identity developed by Professor Sascha Lobe and his team encompasses not only the documenta archiv’s logo and letterhead, but also a radical new concept and design for the website www.documenta-archiv.de. Additionally the archive received a custom typeface.

For the documenta archiv’s logo, L2M3 designed a special new character as part of the custom alphabet that can simultaneously be interpreted as the lowercase letters ›d‹ and ›a‹. The merging of the two letters into one character seizes on the visual language of earlier documenta exhibitions, which was distinguished by geometrically constructed typography. It refers to a reduction to basic geometric forms in combination with impressions of fonts from the 1950s and 1960s.

The purpose of an archive is to store large quantities of image and text sources, which are primarily stacked in boxes, folders, or drawers. This was adopted as a theme in the design by layering surfaces and images as a stack, from which the consistent design for the print media and website was derived.

The documenta archiv is pleased to introduce the new website www.documenta-archiv.de and is excited to present the ideas of the archive on the way to become an independent research institute in a better way.

28 February 2017

Exhibitions on the history of documenta in Beijing and Shanghai

Exhibition poster “The Myth of documenta – Arnold Bode and His Heirs”

The exhibition entitled “The Myth of documenta – Arnold Bode and His Heirs” will be presented in Beijing from 1 to 31 March 2017. Over 600 items will be shown on 1,500 m2 of exhibition space at the CAFA Art Museum. This event will be followed by the exhibition entitled “Arnold Bode and the documenta,” which will be hosted by the New Gallery of Art in Shanghai until the end of June. The primary lender is the documenta Archive, and both exhibitions have been realized in cooperation with the Institut für Kultur- und Medienmanagement of the Freie Universität Berlin and the Institute for Art Administration and Education of the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). Further details are provided at: museum.cafa.com.cnMore

The exhibition entitled “The Myth of documenta – Arnold Bode and His Heirs” will be presented in Beijing from 1 to 31 March 2017. Over 600 items will be shown on 1,500 m2 of exhibition space at the CAFA Art Museum. This event will be followed by the exhibition entitled “Arnold Bode and the documenta,” which will be hosted by the New Gallery of Art in Shanghai until the end of June. The primary lender is the documenta Archive, and both exhibitions have been realized in cooperation with the Institut für Kultur- und Medienmanagement of the Freie Universität Berlin and the Institute for Art Administration and Education of the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). Further details are provided at: museum.cafa.com.cn

22 February 2017

Cabinet exhibition honoring Harry Kramer at the Museum für Sepulkralkultur

Photo: Erich Fäse © documenta Archiv

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the death of Harry Kramer (1925-1997), the Museum für Sepulkralkultur in Kassel is presenting a cabinet exhibition featuring works by the actor, dancer, artist and Professor of Sculpture at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. Realized in cooperation with the documenta Archive, which has administered Kramer’s legacy since 2006, the exhibition will be open to the public until 17 April 2017. An addition to a selection of his works, the show also features four of the highly acclaimed experimental films he produced in collaboration with cameraman Wolfgang Ramsbott (1934-1991). Further details are provided at: www.sepulkralmuseum.deMore

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the death of Harry Kramer (1925-1997), the Museum für Sepulkralkultur in Kassel is presenting a cabinet exhibition featuring works by the actor, dancer, artist and Professor of Sculpture at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. Realized in cooperation with the documenta Archive, which has administered Kramer’s legacy since 2006, the exhibition will be open to the public until 17 April 2017. An addition to a selection of his works, the show also features four of the highly acclaimed experimental films he produced in collaboration with cameraman Wolfgang Ramsbott (1934-1991). Further details are provided at: www.sepulkralmuseum.de

23 November 2016

Online accreditation for press and professionals

Press and professionals can request accreditation for the press conference and preview of documenta 14 online. To apply for accreditation, we kindly ask you to complete the online form at the website of documenta 14.More

Press and professionals can request accreditation for the press conference and preview of documenta 14 online. To apply for accreditation, we kindly ask you to complete the online form at the website of documenta 14.

15 November 2016

The third issue of the documenta 14 magazine South as a State of Mind #8 [documenta 14 #3] has been published.

In the two years leading up to the opening of the documenta 14 exhibition in 2017, South as a State of Mind, a magazine founded by Marina Fokidis in Athens in 2012, is publishing four special documenta 14 editions, edited by documenta 14 Editor-in-Chief of Publications Quinn Latimer and Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk. Writing and publishing are an integral part of documenta 14, and South heralds its literary production. Featuring critical thought, art, and literature, South as a State of Mind parallels the work on the documenta 14 exhibition and helps frame its concerns with essays, allegories, conversations, poetry, and visual projects by some of the most clarifying writers and artists working across the world today. And in addition to the print version of South as a State of Mind, redesigned for documenta 14 by Mevis & van Deursen, Amsterdam, South is available in three languages – German, Greek, and English – in an online edition of the magazine that you can find here: documenta14.de/south.More

In the two years leading up to the opening of the documenta 14 exhibition in 2017, South as a State of Mind, a magazine founded by Marina Fokidis in Athens in 2012, is publishing four special documenta 14 editions, edited by documenta 14 Editor-in-Chief of Publications Quinn Latimer and Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk. Writing and publishing are an integral part of documenta 14, and South heralds its literary production. Featuring critical thought, art, and literature, South as a State of Mind parallels the work on the documenta 14 exhibition and helps frame its concerns with essays, allegories, conversations, poetry, and visual projects by some of the most clarifying writers and artists working across the world today. And in addition to the print version of South as a State of Mind, redesigned for documenta 14 by Mevis & van Deursen, Amsterdam, South is available in three languages – German, Greek, and English – in an online edition of the magazine that you can find here: documenta14.de/south.

2 November 2016

Job Opportunity for documenta 14

documenta 14 Summer Intensive, Guillermo Galindo resonance exercise, photo: Olga Holzschuh

documenta 14 is looking for committed people who are interested in an open discussion on contemporary art with the visitors.More

documenta 14 is looking for committed people who are interested in an open discussion on contemporary art with the visitors.


Members of the Chorus create a link between visitors of documenta 14 and the exhibition. Their role is to follow the interests of the visitors-initiating dialogue, debate, and discussion by looking at and experiencing the work and sociopolitical as well as geographical contexts of documenta 14. While historically the Chorus has theatrical origins, speaking and acting with one voice, members of the documenta 14 Chorus and visitors develop a new, multi-tonal approach as they learn together. Applicants for the Chorus should have an open and welcoming attitude with an enthusiasm for looking, listening, researching, discussing, exchanging, and questioning ideas on contemporary artistic practice.


Attributes

– An appetite for actively engaging members of the public from culturally and socially diverse backgrounds in questions of contemporary interest
– A broad experience of contemporary art
– Sensitivity to differing opinions and the ability to moderate group debate
– Self-motivation to research the artistic content of documenta 14
– Ability to draw from a wide and varied general interest in current and political affairs
– Creative, critical, and divergent thinkers with an ability to communicate effectively
– Ability to commit to regular meetings in the lead-up to documenta 14 in Kassel or Athens
– The applicant should be responsible, self-organized, and a good time-keeper
– Sign language and other language abilities desirable (German, Greek, Turkish, Arabic)
– Ability to keep flexible work hours


Contract

As a member of the Chorus you will have a paid position under a freelance contract.


Locations and Preparation

– Athens
– Kassel


The group interviews for Chorus members who wish to be based in Kassel during the period of documenta 14 will be held in Kassel between December 12–16, 2016. The group interviews for Chorus members who wish to be based in Athens during the period of documenta 14 will be held in Athens on December 19–20, 2016. Travel and accommodation costs for the group interview week, for the research and preparation days as well as the period of documenta 14 in Kassel or Athens (according to the applicant’s locality) must be covered by the applicants.


Application

If you wish to apply to become a Chorus member, please send your CV and a motivational letter indicating whether you wish to be based in Athens or Kassel to education [​at​] documenta.de. The Open Call for members of the Chorus is open until December 5, 2016.


About aneducation

aneducation is an open-ended enquiry into modes of questioning, discussing, and thinking art for each and every visitor of documenta 14. aneducation builds projects with schools, universities, art colleges, and communities relating specifically to documenta 14 artist projects. documenta 14 as embedded in the working title Learning from Athens is an integrated approach to an exhibition at the time of its making, Public Programs, and education. The program of aneducation is to reach a wide and diverse audience that is open to thinking about the social role of art and artists in today’s society. aneducation is shaped by three main questions: “What shifts?” “What drifts?” “What remains?” while investigating the relationship between art, education, and the aesthetics of human togetherness through the collective activation of the body-shifting from day to night. What does it mean to come together? How and where do we come together? And what can we do when we come together? documenta 14 does not intend to be a spaceship coming to land in Athens before moving on to Kassel. It is a project that relies on collective action and individual capacities, engaging with the context and building friendships as it grows. During the making of documenta 14, aneducation is a process based on research, meeting with people, listening and conversing, walking, reading, and looking. The encounter between art, artists, and the public is our starting point as we embark on an open road of discovery. To learn from the context in which we situate ourselves means to observe the activity and associate with groups and individuals with whom we find synergy. aneducation program for Learning from Athens positions itself as a form of living currency, exchanged between the makers of documenta 14 and the public that not only gathers knowledge but also disseminates it. documenta 14 is an education that disperses through bodies of collected knowledge and experiences.



aneducation: a multitude of voices

Visits to documenta 14 can be accompanied by a member of the Chorus. The role of the documenta 14 Chorus is to follow the interests of the visitors-listening to and instigating dialogue, debate, and questioning by looking at and experiencing the works of documenta 14. Historically, the Chorus in Greek tragic theater was made up of nonprofessionals and citizens who operated between the audience and actors as commentators, shape-shifters, and empathizers. While often the historical Greek choir would speak from a script with a collective voice, members of the Chorus for documenta 14 and visitors to the exhibition play a dynamic role together in thinking critically together about artist projects and giving voice to deep questions, while also drawing out broader perspectives relating to the respective contexts of documenta 14. In this way the visitor is a contributor to documenta 14, negotiating routes, responses, and works alongside members of the Chorus within a given time frame. The interest of aneducation is to create a multitude of voices that continues to resonate with further questions, mythologies, dialogue, stories, debates, and rumors beyond the realm of the exhibition.



Open Call

The Open Call for members of the Chorus closes on December 5, 2016. The cities of Athens and Kassel both have a heritage of telling and retelling of stories. We are looking for members of the Chorus who are interested in generating open conversation, questioning ideas, and enabling group discussion through the experience of looking at and engaging with both contemporary and historical artistic practices. Members of the Chorus aim to create a discursive space for divergent thinking where ideas can be shared and stories told while visiting documenta 14. Members of the Chorus invite visitors to experiment, discuss, and propose modes of intervention and action during documenta 14. The Chorus for documenta 14 will include local and international artists, students, activists, historians, economists, architects, critical thinkers, dancers, political scientists, art mediators, designers, community leaders… Curious minds are invited to apply and become members of the Chorus.

19 October 2016

Invitation to the Groundbreaking for The Parthenon of Books

Marta Minujín, El Partenón de libros (The Parthenon of Books, 1983), installation, Avenida 9 de Julio, Buenos Aires. Photo: Marta Minujín Archive

October 22, 2016, 3 pm: The groundbreaking for the first artistic work of documenta 14 titled The Parthenon of Books is planned for 3 pm on October 22, 2016, at Friedrichsplatz in Kassel. You are cordially invited to perform this symbolic gesture together with the artist Marta Minujín and the curator Pierre Bal-Blanc, and to donate books for the creation of the Parthenon on the spot. The event is open to the public. Further information on this project can be found on the website of documenta 14.More

October 22, 2016, 3 pm: The groundbreaking for the first artistic work of documenta 14 titled The Parthenon of Books is planned for 3 pm on October 22, 2016, at Friedrichsplatz in Kassel. You are cordially invited to perform this symbolic gesture together with the artist Marta Minujín and the curator Pierre Bal-Blanc, and to donate books for the creation of the Parthenon on the spot. The event is open to the public. Further information on this project can be found on the website of documenta 14.

7 October 2016

Call for book donations for the first artwork of documenta 14

Marta Minujín, El Partenón de libros (The Parthenon of Books, 1983), installation, Avenida 9 de Julio, Buenos Aires. Photo: Marta Minujín Archive

Marta Minujín, documenta 14, and Frankfurter Buchmesse cordially invite the public, publishers, and authors to donate books for the artwork The Parthenon of Books and thus become part of the work. Up to 100,000 formerly or currently banned books from all over the world are needed to erect the work on Friedrichsplatz in Kassel, the same place where, in 1933, numerous books were burned by the Nazis. In Kassel in June 2017 The Parthenon of Books will be constructed using the collected books as a true-to-scale replica of the temple on the Acropolis in Athens, symbolizing the aesthetic and political ideals of the first democracy. The monument will become a decisive symbol of resistance to any banning of writings and the persecution of their authors. To find more information about the project and learn how to donate a book, please visit the website of documenta 14.More

Marta Minujín, documenta 14, and Frankfurter Buchmesse cordially invite the public, publishers, and authors to donate books for the artwork The Parthenon of Books and thus become part of the work. Up to 100,000 formerly or currently banned books from all over the world are needed to erect the work on Friedrichsplatz in Kassel, the same place where, in 1933, numerous books were burned by the Nazis. In Kassel in June 2017 The Parthenon of Books will be constructed using the collected books as a true-to-scale replica of the temple on the Acropolis in Athens, symbolizing the aesthetic and political ideals of the first democracy. The monument will become a decisive symbol of resistance to any banning of writings and the persecution of their authors. To find more information about the project and learn how to donate a book, please visit the website of documenta 14.

6 October 2016

Einladung zur Filmpremiere documenta 1955 – Der Film, der nie gedreht wurde mit anschließender Diskussion

Günther Becker: Raum 15 im EG des Fridericianums mit Werken von Hans Mettel, Mirko und Alexander Calder, documenta 1, 1955, Abzug vom Glasnegativ (Ausschnitt), © documenta Archiv/Günther Becker

"Aus dem documenta Archiv 1" zeigt Ihnen einen Einblick in die documenta 1, den Sie so nie zuvor wahrnehmen konnten. Bisher existierten keine Filmaufnahmen von dieser wegweisenden Ausstellung im Jahre 1955. Umso spektakulärer ist die nachträgliche Schaffung einer Filmdokumentation auf Basis von Originalfotografien aus dem documenta Archiv und dem Deutschen Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg. Die Realisierung gelang Visus-Vision UG mit einem innovativen, selbstentwickelten Softwarewerkzeug. Die eingesprochenen Texte erarbeitete der documenta Kenner Harald Kimpel. Im Anschluss an die Präsentation des Filmes findet eine Diskussion statt, zu der wir erfreulicherweise Heiner Georgsdorf, Dr. Harald Kimpel, E.R Nele sowie die Filmemacher Peter Schima und Bernd Scott begrüßen dürfen. Durch die Diskussion führt Dirk Schwarze, Vorsitzender des documenta forums.More

"Aus dem documenta Archiv 1" zeigt Ihnen einen Einblick in die documenta 1, den Sie so nie zuvor wahrnehmen konnten. Bisher existierten keine Filmaufnahmen von dieser wegweisenden Ausstellung im Jahre 1955. Umso spektakulärer ist die nachträgliche Schaffung einer Filmdokumentation auf Basis von Originalfotografien aus dem documenta Archiv und dem Deutschen Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg. Die Realisierung gelang Visus-Vision UG mit einem innovativen, selbstentwickelten Softwarewerkzeug. Die eingesprochenen Texte erarbeitete der documenta Kenner Harald Kimpel. Im Anschluss an die Präsentation des Filmes findet eine Diskussion statt, zu der wir erfreulicherweise Heiner Georgsdorf, Dr. Harald Kimpel, E.R Nele sowie die Filmemacher Peter Schima und Bernd Scott begrüßen dürfen. Durch die Diskussion führt Dirk Schwarze, Vorsitzender des documenta forums.


Begrüßung: Dr. Birgit Jooss, Direktorin des documenta Archivs


Moderation der Diskussion: Dirk Schwarze, Vorsitzender des documenta forums


Diskussion: Heiner Georgsdorf, Herausgeber der Schriften von Arnold Bode,
Dr. Harald Kimpel, Kunsthistoriker, E. R. Nele, Tochter von Arnold Bode, Peter Schima und Bernd Scott, Visus-Film UG


Eine Veranstaltung in Kooperation mit dem documenta forum und Visus-Vision UG.


Sonntag, den 16.10.2016
11:00 Uhr
Gloria Kino
Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 3
34117 Kassel


Eintritt frei


documenta Archiv
Untere Karlsstraße 4
Tel: +49 561 70727-3100
Fax: +49 561 70727-3110
D - 34117 Kassel
archiv@documenta.de
www.documentaarchiv.de


Träger des documenta Archivs ist die documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH mit den Gesellschaftern Stadt Kassel und Land Hessen.

26 September 2016

5 September 2016

New landing page for the outdoor works of art from past documenta exhibitions

Visitors can select one of three different routes at www.documenta-historie.de or with the IZI Travel app. The three routes are “Friedrichsplatz,” “Staatspark Karlsaue,” and “Stadtraum.” The digital documenta guide accompanies visitors to the various works of art in German or English. Descriptions of the individual works provided at each stopping point are supplemented by background information on the respective artists. Interested visitors can either follow a route from start to finish or begin a tour at a work of art of their choice by entering the corresponding QR code.More

Visitors can select one of three different routes at www.documenta-historie.de or with the IZI Travel app. The three routes are “Friedrichsplatz,” “Staatspark Karlsaue,” and “Stadtraum.” The digital documenta guide accompanies visitors to the various works of art in German or English. Descriptions of the individual works provided at each stopping point are supplemented by background information on the respective artists. Interested visitors can either follow a route from start to finish or begin a tour at a work of art of their choice by entering the corresponding QR code.

2 August 2016

New publication by the Museum Fridericianum

Parrot Problems © Nico #5AB

The catalog for Helen Marten’s exhibition Parrot Problems at the Fridericianum is now available. Parrot Problems is the British artist’s first institutional solo exhibition in Germany. The catalog features articles by Diedrich Diederichsen and Johanna Burton and a conversation between Helen Marten and Susanne Pfeffer.More

The catalog for Helen Marten’s exhibition Parrot Problems at the Fridericianum is now available. Parrot Problems is the British artist’s first institutional solo exhibition in Germany. The catalog features articles by Diedrich Diederichsen and Johanna Burton and a conversation between Helen Marten and Susanne Pfeffer.

3 July 2016

2016 Arnold-Bode Prize goes to Hiwa K

Hiwa K, 2015, Photo: Drama Rubo

This year’s Arnold-Bode Prize awarded by the documenta city of Kassel goes to Hiwa K, who currently lives in Berlin. After graduating from secondary school in Iraq, Hiwa K pursued further education along with other visual artists, intellectuals, and theater artists in self-organized study groups in his native country. His projects represent an ongoing critique of art education, the professionalization of art practice, staging, and visibility as well as the myth of the individual artist. Hiwa K has been invited to participate in documenta 14 in 2017. The prize includes a grant of 10, 000 euros. The award will be presented at the Kasseler Kunstverein on 3 November 2016.More

This year’s Arnold-Bode Prize awarded by the documenta city of Kassel goes to Hiwa K, who currently lives in Berlin. After graduating from secondary school in Iraq, Hiwa K pursued further education along with other visual artists, intellectuals, and theater artists in self-organized study groups in his native country. His projects represent an ongoing critique of art education, the professionalization of art practice, staging, and visibility as well as the myth of the individual artist. Hiwa K has been invited to participate in documenta 14 in 2017. The prize includes a grant of 10, 000 euros. The award will be presented at the Kasseler Kunstverein on 3 November 2016.

15 June 2016

Birgit Jooss introduced as new Director of the documenta Archiv

Dr. Birgit Jooss (2016) documenta Archiv / Foto: Rosa Maria Rühling

Birgit Jooss is the new director of the documenta Archiv of the Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries in Kassel. In addition to developing the collection profile, the duties of the archive director include integrating the archive in national and international networks, the scope of unrestricted accessibility, and developing a strategy for digitizing archive materials as well as pursuing further expansion of the archive and the library, procuring funding, and overseeing the planned remodeling/new building project for the documenta Archiv/Institut. “In Birgit Jooss we have succeeded in recruiting a well-connected, internationally recognized expert who will be able to move the archive ahead at the regional, national, and international levels. That is an important step for the archive as the basis for the planned documenta Institut and its essential significance for the cultural legacy of the documenta and its history,” explained Annette Kulenkampff, CEO of documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH.More

Birgit Jooss is the new director of the documenta Archiv of the Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries in Kassel. In addition to developing the collection profile, the duties of the archive director include integrating the archive in national and international networks, the scope of unrestricted accessibility, and developing a strategy for digitizing archive materials as well as pursuing further expansion of the archive and the library, procuring funding, and overseeing the planned remodeling/new building project for the documenta Archiv/Institut. “In Birgit Jooss we have succeeded in recruiting a well-connected, internationally recognized expert who will be able to move the archive ahead at the regional, national, and international levels. That is an important step for the archive as the basis for the planned documenta Institut and its essential significance for the cultural legacy of the documenta and its history,” explained Annette Kulenkampff, CEO of documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH.

14 June 2016

The second issue of the documenta 14 journal South as a State of Mind #7 [documenta 14 #2] has been published

South as a State of Mind #7 [documenta 14 #2], Cover, June 2016

In the two years leading up to the opening of the documenta 14 exhibition in 2017, South as a State of Mind, a magazine founded by Marina Fokidis in Athens in 2012, is publishing four special documenta 14 editions, edited by documenta 14 Editor-in-Chief of Publications Quinn Latimer and Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk. Writing and publishing are an integral part of documenta 14, and its journal heralds that process. A forum for research, critique, art, and literature, South as a State of Mind parallels the preparatory work on the d14 exhibition and helps frame its concerns and aims with essays, conversations, poetry, fiction, and visual projects by some of the most singular writers, thinkers, and artists of our time. As a supplement to the print issue of South as a State of Mind, the articles from d14-South are available in in three languages (German, Greek, and English) in the online version posted at www.documenta14.de/south.More

In the two years leading up to the opening of the documenta 14 exhibition in 2017, South as a State of Mind, a magazine founded by Marina Fokidis in Athens in 2012, is publishing four special documenta 14 editions, edited by documenta 14 Editor-in-Chief of Publications Quinn Latimer and Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk. Writing and publishing are an integral part of documenta 14, and its journal heralds that process. A forum for research, critique, art, and literature, South as a State of Mind parallels the preparatory work on the d14 exhibition and helps frame its concerns and aims with essays, conversations, poetry, fiction, and visual projects by some of the most singular writers, thinkers, and artists of our time. As a supplement to the print issue of South as a State of Mind, the articles from d14-South are available in in three languages (German, Greek, and English) in the online version posted at www.documenta14.de/south.

13 June 2016

Heralding documenta 14

A banner on the Weinberg Bridge informs visitors that the documenta is scheduled to begin in Kassel less than a year from now. documenta 14 will open in Kassel on 10 June and end on 17 September 2017. The exhibition begins in Athens on 8 April and will run through 16 July 2017.More

A banner on the Weinberg Bridge informs visitors that the documenta is scheduled to begin in Kassel less than a year from now. documenta 14 will open in Kassel on 10 June and end on 17 September 2017. The exhibition begins in Athens on 8 April and will run through 16 July 2017.

28 May 2016

Anicka Yi. "Jungle Stripe"

Anicka Yi, The Flavor Genome, still (2016) / Graphic design: Zak Group

On 28 May 2016, 5pm, Fridericianum opens the exhibition entitled Jungle Stripe — the first institutional solo exhibition of the artist Anicka Yi (born 1971). With sculptural and video works all produced specifically for the exhibition, she creates a complex structure of hybrid forms. The exhibition is on view from 29 May to 4 September 2016 on the ground floor of the Fridericianum.More

On 28 May 2016, 5pm, Fridericianum opens the exhibition entitled Jungle Stripe — the first institutional solo exhibition of the artist Anicka Yi (born 1971). With sculptural and video works all produced specifically for the exhibition, she creates a complex structure of hybrid forms. The exhibition is on view from 29 May to 4 September 2016 on the ground floor of the Fridericianum.

14 April 2016

Oliver Laric The Hunter and His Dog (2014) / photo: Achim Hatzius

On April 14, 2016 Susanne Pfeffer, director of the Fridericianum, received an award for curating the best exhibition of 2015. Her exhibition Inhuman was selected from twelve exhibitions that took place in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland in 2015.More

On April 14, 2016 Susanne Pfeffer, director of the Fridericianum, received an award for curating the best exhibition of 2015. Her exhibition Inhuman was selected from twelve exhibitions that took place in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland in 2015.

11 March 2016

Twice-weekly Flights between Kassel and Athens begin in April 2017

Starting in April 2017, Aegean Airlines introduces twice-weekly flights between Kassel and Athens with the aim of providing a direct connection for visitors wishing to visit the two cities in which the documenta 14 exhibition takes place. Aegean Airlines is the official airline partner of documenta.More

Starting in April 2017, Aegean Airlines introduces twice-weekly flights between Kassel and Athens with the aim of providing a direct connection for visitors wishing to visit the two cities in which the documenta 14 exhibition takes place. Aegean Airlines is the official airline partner of documenta.

26 January 2016

Images

On 30 January 2016, the Fridericianum opens a group exhibition entitled Images with Cory Arcangel, Trisha Donnelly, Wade Guyton, Pierre Huyghe, Mark Leckey, Michel Majerus, Philippe Parreno, Seth Price and Sturtevant. The exhibition will be on view from 31 January until 1 May 2016.More

On 30 January 2016, the Fridericianum opens a group exhibition entitled Images with Cory Arcangel, Trisha Donnelly, Wade Guyton, Pierre Huyghe, Mark Leckey, Michel Majerus, Philippe Parreno, Seth Price and Sturtevant. The exhibition will be on view from 31 January until 1 May 2016.

7 January 2016

Direktorin / Direktor für das documenta Archiv gesucht

Die documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH sucht zum nächstmöglichen Termin eine/n: Direktorin/Direktor für das documenta ArchivMore

Die documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH sucht zum nächstmöglichen Termin eine/n: Direktorin/Direktor für das documenta Archiv


Die documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH wird von der Stadt Kassel dem Land Hessen getragen und ist seit dem 01.01.2016 verantwortlich für das documenta Archiv in Kassel. Das documenta Archiv wurde 1961 von Arnold Bode gegründet und umfasst eine Bibliothek mit über 100.000 Bänden, rund 5.000 Film-, Video- und Audiobestände, 60.000 Fotos sowie 1,4 Mio. Archivalien zu den documenta Ausstellungen 1-13. Das documenta Archiv soll Grundlage für das gemeinsam mit der Universität Kassel geplante außeruniversitäre documenta Institut sein. Es soll Kassel auch außerhalb der documenta Ausstellungszeit als bedeutenden Ort zeitgenössischer Kunst und Kunstforschung profilieren. Gesucht wird eine Persönlichkeit, die das documenta Archiv auf regionaler, nationaler und internationaler Ebene weiterentwickelt.


Aufgaben: Archivleitung mit Personal- und Budgetverantwortung; Festlegung des Sammlungsprofils, Steuerung der Erwerbungen und Entwicklung der Metadaten zur weiteren Archivierung der Dokumente; Baubegleitung für Neubau/ Umbach Archiv/ Bibliothek; Repräsentation des Archivs nach Außen und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit; Planung von Veranstaltungen, Ausstellungen und Publikationen des Archivs; Einwerben von Drittmitteln und Ausbau von Forschungskooperationen

Anforderungen: Abgeschlossenes geisteswissenschaftliches Studium, vorzugsweise der Kunstgeschichte mit Schwerpunkt auf dem 20. und 21. Jahrhundert; Archivfachliche Ausbildung bzw. vergleichbare Erfahrung; Langjährige Berufserfahrung im Archivwesen; Leitungserfahrung in kulturellen Einrichtungen; Herausragende Kompetenz im Bereich Mitarbeiterführung sowie Planung, Organisation und Durchführung von Kulturprojekten; Ergebnisorientierte, praxisnahe Arbeitsweise, flexibles und vernetztes Denken sowie Moderation, Teamfähigkeit und Vermittlungskompetenz; Sehr gute Strategische Fähigkeiten, hohe Eigeninitiative und Verhandlungssicherheit; Sehr gute Englischkenntnisse und eine zweite Fremdsprache; Erfahrung im Umgang mit internationalen Projektpartnern


Bewerbungsfrist ist der 26.02.2016

Ihre schriftliche Bewerbung mit den üblichen Unterlagen schicken Sie bitte an: documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH, Personalabteilung, Friedrichsplatz 18, 34117 Kassel

22 December 2015

The German Pavilion at the 57. Biennale di Venezia

Photo: Uwe Zucchi/dpa/picture alliance

On December 21 the Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier appointed Susanne Pfeffer, director of Fridericianum, to curate the German Pavilion at the 57. Biennale di Venezia.More

On December 21 the Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier appointed Susanne Pfeffer, director of Fridericianum, to curate the German Pavilion at the 57. Biennale di Venezia.

18 December 2015

Neupositionierung des FlicFlac auf dem Friedrichsplatz

Die documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH und die Circus FlicFlac GmbH haben sich auf eine Versetzung des Flic-Flac-Zeltes geeinigt, so dass Der Vertikale Erdkilometer von Walter de Maria auch während des FlicFlac Festivals frei zugänglich bleibt. Zur Eröffnung am 18.12.2015 wurde das Zirkuszelt um 6 Meter verschoben.More

Die documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH und die Circus FlicFlac GmbH haben sich auf eine Versetzung des Flic-Flac-Zeltes geeinigt, so dass Der Vertikale Erdkilometer von Walter de Maria auch während des FlicFlac Festivals frei zugänglich bleibt. Zur Eröffnung am 18.12.2015 wurde das Zirkuszelt um 6 Meter verschoben.

27 November 2015

Talks, readings, and conversations to launch the documenta 14 publication program with South as a State of Mind #6 [documenta 14 #1]

photo: Stathis Mamalakis

December 5, 2015, 7:30 pm with Andreas Angelidakis, Marina Fokidis, Ayse Güleç, Quinn Latimer, Adam Szymczyk, and Margarita Tsomou in Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, Mombachstraße 10, 34127 Kassel.

December 6, 2015, 7:00 pm with Akinbode Akinbiyi, Marina Fokidis, Peter Friedl, Bouchra Khalili, Quinn Latimer, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Adam Szymczyk, and Françoise Vergès in SAVVY Contemporary in Silent Green, Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin-Wedding. The evening will be accompanied by musical interventions by Ahmet Ögüt / Ali Demirel, Ange Da Costa, VSS Trio (Charles Sammons, Kelvin Sholar, Eric Vaughn), and DJ Judex.More

December 5, 2015, 7:30 pm with Andreas Angelidakis, Marina Fokidis, Ayse Güleç, Quinn Latimer, Adam Szymczyk, and Margarita Tsomou in Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, Mombachstraße 10, 34127 Kassel.

December 6, 2015, 7:00 pm with Akinbode Akinbiyi, Marina Fokidis, Peter Friedl, Bouchra Khalili, Quinn Latimer, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Adam Szymczyk, and Françoise Vergès in SAVVY Contemporary in Silent Green, Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin-Wedding. The evening will be accompanied by musical interventions by Ahmet Ögüt / Ali Demirel, Ange Da Costa, VSS Trio (Charles Sammons, Kelvin Sholar, Eric Vaughn), and DJ Judex.

29 October 2015

The dates of documenta 14 are now public:

Athens: 8 April–16 July 2017 / Kassel: 10 June–17 September 2017More

Athens: 8 April–16 July 2017 / Kassel: 10 June–17 September 2017

31 October 2015

Start of the documenta 14 publication program

photo: Rosa Maria Rühling

Launch of the documenta 14 publication program with South as a State of Mind #6 [documenta 14 #1]. The first issue is now published in print and online. You can purchase the magazine in German and international bookshops and also in press and books shops at the railway stations and airports. Should you require more detailed information as to where to find the magazine in your area, please contact our distributor, Buchhandlung Walther König.More informationen: documenta 14.deMore

Launch of the documenta 14 publication program with South as a State of Mind #6 [documenta 14 #1]. The first issue is now published in print and online. You can purchase the magazine in German and international bookshops and also in press and books shops at the railway stations and airports. Should you require more detailed information as to where to find the magazine in your area, please contact our distributor, Buchhandlung Walther König.More informationen: documenta 14.de

30 July 2015

Symposium documenta 1997 – 2017: erweiterte Denkkollektive /
expanding thought-collectives

Attended by over 600 visitors, the two-day symposium hosted by documenta Guest Professor Dorothea von Hantelmann on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the documenta came to a successful conclusion. For the first time ever, the Artistic Directors of documenta 10 through 13 spoke with guests about their documenta exhibitions. Adam Szymczyk, the Artistic Director of documenta 14, concluded the symposium with a performance by the Iraqi artist Hiwa K.More

Attended by over 600 visitors, the two-day symposium hosted by documenta Guest Professor Dorothea von Hantelmann on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the documenta came to a successful conclusion. For the first time ever, the Artistic Directors of documenta 10 through 13 spoke with guests about their documenta exhibitions. Adam Szymczyk, the Artistic Director of documenta 14, concluded the symposium with a performance by the Iraqi artist Hiwa K.

30 July 2015

Hessischer Kulturpreis 2015

The Hessian Culture Prize for 2015 was presented to the former Artistic Directors of the documenta by Minister President Volker Bouffier on 17 July 2015. The honored recipients were:More

The Hessian Culture Prize for 2015 was presented to the former Artistic Directors of the documenta by Minister President Volker Bouffier on 17 July 2015. The honored recipients were:

Arnold Bode (posthumous) (d1-d4) Harald Szeemann (posthumous) (d5) Manfred Schneckenburger (d6 and d8) Rudi Fuchs (d7) Jan Hoet (posthumous) (d9) Catherine David (d10) Okwui Enwezor (d11) Roger M. Buergel (d12) Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (d13)

30 July 2015

Marcel Broodthaers

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the documenta, the Fridericianum is presenting a survey exhibition of the art of Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976) from 17 July to 11 October 2015. The Belgian artist, who took part in four documenta exhibitions, is represented by works from all of his creative periods.More

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the documenta, the Fridericianum is presenting a survey exhibition of the art of Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976) from 17 July to 11 October 2015. The Belgian artist, who took part in four documenta exhibitions, is represented by works from all of his creative periods.

30 July 2015

documenta Archiv

Founded by Arnold Bode in 1961 and since operated by the City of Kassel, the documenta Archive was symbolically entrusted to documenta GmbH in a festive ceremony on 15 July 2015. The transfer will become official on 1 January 2016. From that point on, the documenta Archive will be funded jointly by the City of Kassel and the State of Hessen, and the annual budget will double to one million euros.More

Founded by Arnold Bode in 1961 and since operated by the City of Kassel, the documenta Archive was symbolically entrusted to documenta GmbH in a festive ceremony on 15 July 2015. The transfer will become official on 1 January 2016. From that point on, the documenta Archive will be funded jointly by the City of Kassel and the State of Hessen, and the annual budget will double to one million euros.

20 July 2015

12.000 visit documenta's anniversary celebrations

The documenta marked its 60th birthday in Kassel with a festive celebration in Kassel in honor of the milestone occasion under the patronage of Mayor Bertram Hilgen. Twenty-nine art and cultural institutions in Kassel joined for the first time in organizing a program devoted to recalling aspects of the multifaceted history of the documenta since 1955 and enabling visitors to experience them once again. The more than fifty events on the program included numerous exhibitions, film presentations, performances, panel discussions, readings, and guided tours.More

The documenta marked its 60th birthday in Kassel with a festive celebration in Kassel in honor of the milestone occasion under the patronage of Mayor Bertram Hilgen. Twenty-nine art and cultural institutions in Kassel joined for the first time in organizing a program devoted to recalling aspects of the multifaceted history of the documenta since 1955 and enabling visitors to experience them once again. The more than fifty events on the program included numerous exhibitions, film presentations, performances, panel discussions, readings, and guided tours.

The documenta has left an indelible imprint on the city of Kassel during the past sixty years. Guided tours to the works of outdoor art remaining in Kassel from past exhibitions enable visitors to experience the complex historical significance of these works while offering both contexts and insights. Contemporary witnesses shared their recollections of past documenta exhibitions with visitors at many different locations.

The documenta Forum invited E.R. Nele, the daughter of documenta founder Arnold Bode, art historian Prof. Adrian von Buttlar, and Pitt Moog, a former master student of Bode’s, to a panel discussion on the first documenta of 1955. While works from past documenta exhibitions purchased by the city of Kassel were the focus of attention at the Neue Galerie, the Naturkundemuseum and the Kulturbahnhof, the documenta Archive presented its “My documenta” project devoted to the recollections of contemporary witnesses and offered guided tours. Artists featured in past documenta exhibitions took part in the program in a number of project spaces in Kassel, among them Ugo Dossi, Horst Hoheisel, Jürgen Klauke, and Timm Ulrichs. The festivities continued into the evening with a grand open-air swing concert by the Orchestra of the Staatstheater Kassel featuring pieces from the founding years of the documenta in the 1950s and 1960s. The performance at Friedrichsplatz drew 12,000 visitors. After the concert, the Open-Air-Kino showed Let’s Get Lost, one of the favorite films of Adam Szymczyk, Artistic Director of documenta 14. The film by Bruce Weber produced in 1988 is about transience and remembrance – and was “an invitation to get lost together, alone” (Adam Szymczyk).

With generous support provided by: Boxan, the Hessian Ministry of Art and Science, the HNA, the Kasseler Sparkasse, Kassel Marketing GmbH, the Staatstheater Kassel, the City of Kassel, Städtische Werke AG; media partner: HNA

19 July 2015

60 years documenta –
anniversary celebration

Founded by Arnold Bode, the documenta opened in Kassel for the first time on July 15, 1955, and thirteen editions of the documenta have been presented since then. Preparations for the documenta 14 are currently in progress, and the exhibition is scheduled to open in Athens and Kassel in 2017. The 60th anniversary of the documenta, which is now regarded as the most important exhibition of contemporary art in the world, will be celebrated with an impressive program of accompanying events.More

Founded by Arnold Bode, the documenta opened in Kassel for the first time on July 15, 1955, and thirteen editions of the documenta have been presented since then. Preparations for the documenta 14 are currently in progress, and the exhibition is scheduled to open in Athens and Kassel in 2017. The 60th anniversary of the documenta, which is now regarded as the most important exhibition of contemporary art in the world, will be celebrated with an impressive program of accompanying events.

17 July 2015

Symposium documenta 1997 – 2017:
erweiterte Denkkollektive /
expanding thought-collectives
17 and 18 July, documenta Halle

17 and 18 July 2015, documenta Halle with: Carmen Amor, Karen Barad, Beatrice von Bismarck, Kristina Buch, Roger M. Buergel, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Catherine David, Okwui Enwezor, Peter Galison, David Joselit, Hiwa K, Lu Jie, Michael Lüthy, Sarat Maharaj, Oliver Marchart, Laura Zheng Ning, Ruth Noack, Nikos Papastergiadis, Griselda Pollock, Tino Sehgal, Raqs Media Collective / Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Adam Szymczyk, Wang Jianwei. Further information: www.documenta60.deMore

17 and 18 July 2015, documenta Halle with: Carmen Amor, Karen Barad, Beatrice von Bismarck, Kristina Buch, Roger M. Buergel, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Catherine David, Okwui Enwezor, Peter Galison, David Joselit, Hiwa K, Lu Jie, Michael Lüthy, Sarat Maharaj, Oliver Marchart, Laura Zheng Ning, Ruth Noack, Nikos Papastergiadis, Griselda Pollock, Tino Sehgal, Raqs Media Collective / Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Adam Szymczyk, Wang Jianwei. Further information: www.documenta60.de

25 June 2015

Adam Szymczyk –
“I don’t trust the choice between
yes and no“

On occasion of the forthcoming referendum in Greece, Adam Szymczyk, Artistic Director of documenta 14, spoke to Margarita Tsomou in Athens. The conversation in German was published 3 July 2015 on ZEIT ONLINE.
photo: Tadeusz RolkeMore

On occasion of the forthcoming referendum in Greece, Adam Szymczyk, Artistic Director of documenta 14, spoke to Margarita Tsomou in Athens. The conversation in German was published 3 July 2015 on ZEIT ONLINE.
photo: Tadeusz Rolke

4 July 2015

documenta 14 website is now live

The new website of documenta 14 is online as of 4 July 2015. The office of Laurenz Brunner and Julia Born are responsible for the graphic design, programming by Julia Novitch. www.documenta14.deMore

The new website of documenta 14 is online as of 4 July 2015. The office of Laurenz Brunner and Julia Born are responsible for the graphic design, programming by Julia Novitch. www.documenta14.de

30 May 2015

Annette Kulenkampff in conversation

Join us tonight in Kassel, 6.00 pm, at Fridericianum, for a discussion hosted by KulturNetz Kassel on documenta's 60th birthday that is coming up in July this year. Annette Kulenkampff, CEO of documenta and Horst Seidenfaden, Editor in Chief of local newspaper HNA discuss chances and challenges.More

Join us tonight in Kassel, 6.00 pm, at Fridericianum, for a discussion hosted by KulturNetz Kassel on documenta's 60th birthday that is coming up in July this year. Annette Kulenkampff, CEO of documenta and Horst Seidenfaden, Editor in Chief of local newspaper HNA discuss chances and challenges.