13 July 2018

Finding Commission for documenta 15

Preparations for documenta 15, which will take place in Kassel from 18 June to 25 September 2022, are progressing as planned. The Finding Commission for d 15 is in place. In accordance with the circular resolution recently presented to the members of the Supervisory Board of documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH, the following experts have been appointed for the purpose of selecting the Artistic Director of documenta 15:

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Preparations for documenta 15, which will take place in Kassel from 18 June to 25 September 2022, are progressing as planned. The Finding Commission for d 15 is in place. In accordance with the circular resolution recently presented to the members of the Supervisory Board of documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH, the following experts have been appointed for the purpose of selecting the Artistic Director of documenta 15:

• Ute Meta Bauer, founder and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Singapore • Charles Esche, Director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands
• Amar Kanwar, artists, New Delhi, India
• Frances Morris, Director of the Tate Modern in London, Great Britain
• Gabi Ngcobo, Curator of the 10th Berlin Biennale 2018, South Africa
• Elvira Dyangani Ose, Curator, Creative Time, New York, USA
(Director of The Showroom in London, Great Britain, effective September 2018)
• Philippe Pirotte, Director of the Staatl. Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule in Frankfurt/M., Germany (Belgium)
• Jochen Volz, Director of the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil

The task facing the Finding Committee constituted on the basis of the recommendation by designated General Director Dr. Sabine Schormann is to appoint an Artistic Director for the 15th edition of documenta, which is regarded as the most important exhibition of contemporary art in the world.

Kassel’s Mayor Christian Geselle, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, expressed pleasure in noting that preparations for documenta 15 are now picking up speed. “documenta is an essential forum for contemporary art and, as the legacy of Arnold Bode, a treasure that enhances the image of the city of Kassel. I am very pleased to note that an international finding commission composed of outstanding experts has been chosen to find an artistic director for documenta 15. And we are right on schedule. I wish to express special thanks to Dr. Sabine Schormann, who has played an instrumental role in preparations for the appointment of members of the Selection Commission, even though she will not officially assume her duties as General Director of documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH in Kassel until 1 November 2018.”

As Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Hessian Minister of Art and Culture Boris Rhein also expressed thanks to Dr. Sabine Schormann for having made such an important contribution to the process of forming the Finding Commission before taking office as General Director. “We are proud to realize that documenta in Kassel has gained global recognition as one of the most significant and best-known international exhibitions of contemporary art in the world. For the city of Kassel and the state of Hesse, this high honor goes hand in hand with the obligation to ensure that such an ambitious exhibition can be successful in the future as well and that the artistic director chosen by the Finding Commission is equipped with the means to achieve that goal. However, that objective represents both a duty and an incentive for the future artistic director as well. documenta is ideally suited for the purpose of learning from history and thus enabling us to with courage to the future.”

“In view of the members’ expertise, their extensive network of ties within the cosmos of contemporary art and their different artistic and curatorial approaches, I am confident that the Finding Commission will succeed in appointing an outstanding curator to the position of Artistic Director by early next year,” said Dr. Sabine Schormann. “Personally, I am very eager to see where the journey takes us and whether documenta 15 will be more concerned with such issues as sharing and participation, intercultural networking, performance and discourse, the role of digital media or our approach to the use of public space – to name only a few conceivable focal points of interest.”

Brief biographies of the members of the Finding Commission:

• Ute Meta Bauer (*Stuttgart, 1958)
Ute Meta Bauer has served as an international curator and professor of contemporary art and as the founding Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Singapore since 2013. She studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg. She was Artistic Director of the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart from 1990 to 1994. Ute Meta Bauer has worked as an independent curator since 1985 and held several different adjunct academic positions: as Associate Professor for Visual Arts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 2005 to 2012, as Dean of Fine Arts at the Royal College of Art in London in 2012 and 2013 and as Professor of Theory and Practice in Contemporary Art at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna. She served as founding Director of the Office for Contemporary Art in Norway from 2002 to 2005, Artistic Director of the 3rd Berlin Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst in 2004, Director of the MIT Visual Arts Program from 2005 to 2009 and founding Director of the Program for Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) from 2009-2012. She has worked as co-curator for several different exhibition events, including the World Biennial Forum No. 1 in Gwangju, South Korea in 2012 and documenta 11. Ute Meta Bauer chairs the Beirat für Bildende Kunst of the Goethe–Institutes and is a member of the scholarly Advisory Board of the Stiftung Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany.

• Charles Esche (*England, 1963)
Charles Esche is a museum director and art curator who lives in Edinburgh and Eindhoven. Esche has served as Director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands, since 2004. From 2000 to 2004 he was Director of the Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö, Sweden. He worked for Tramway in Glasgow (from 1993 to 1997) and has helped launch an art education program called the Proto-academy at the Edinburgh College of Art in 1997.
In 2012, Esche joined six other European museums to found L'Internationale confederation as a European institution devoted to modern and contemporary art. He has curated numerous international biennials. Charles Esche is a professor of Curating and Contemporary Art at the University of the Arts in London and Co-Editorial Director of the Afterall Journal and Afterall Books (with Mark Lewis).

• Amar Kanwar (*New Delhi, 1964)
Amar Kanwar is an Indian artist and documentary filmmaker who lives and works in New Delhi. Kanwar is concerned with the recent and past history of the Indian subcontinent and especially with the Indo-Pakistani wars. He has produced more than 40 video installations and films, which have been presented at various exhibitions and at a number of international museums, including the Biennale of Sydney in 2006, documenta exhibitions 11, 12, 13 and 14, kw-Berlin, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, the Stedelijik Museum in Amsterdam and the Haus der Kunst in Munich. Kanwar has received awards at the film festivals in San Francisco, Mumbai and Turin and was honored with the Award for Contemporary Art by a foundation established by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture in 2005.

• Frances Morris (*London, 1959)
Frances Morris has played a key role in the development of the Tate Galleries. Engaged as a curator in 1987, she was appointed Head of Displays at the Tate Modern in 2000 and has served as Director of Collection, International Art (from 2006 to 2016) and Director of the Tate Modern since 2016. Morris has curated several pioneering exhibitions, including most notably major retrospectives devoted to women artists, several of which were presented as broad-based international cooperative projects. Morris holds a BA in Art History from Cambridge University and an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She is a member of the boards of the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh and CIMAM as well as the Advisory Committee of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto.

• Gabi Ngcobo (*South Africa, 1974)
Gabi Ngcobo is an artist, independent curator and art educator who lives in Johannesburg. She studied at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York and has been a member of the faculty of the Wits University School of Arts in Johannesburg since 2011. Ngcobo founded the Center for Historical Reenactments in Johannesburg in 2010 and is now serving as its director. She curated the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art in 2018.

• Elvira Dyangani Ose (*Spain, 1964)
Elvira Dyangi Ose has been a curator at Creative Time in New York since 2017. She will assume her duties as Director of the Schowroom in London in September 2018. Ose studied Art History at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona and Architectural Theory at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. She earned a Ph.D. in Art History and Visual Studies at Cornell University in New York. Elvira Dyangasi Ose worked as a curator at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM) on Gran Canaria from 2004 to 2006 and at the CENTRO ANDALUZ DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEO (Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art) from 2006 to 2008. In 2009 and 2010 she served as curator for the Arte Invisible Program of ARCOmadrid. Between 2011 and 2014 she worked as a curator of international art at the Tate Modern in London, where she was responsible for developing the art collections from Africa and the African diaspora. Since 2014 she teaches Visual Studies at Goldsmiths University of London and in 2015 she curated the eighth International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) in Göteborg.

• Philippe Pirotte (*Antwerp, Belgium, 1972)
Philippe Pirotte lives and works in Frankfurt as Dean of the Staedelschule and Director of Kunsthalle Portikus
Next to that he is adjunct senior curator at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. He serves as an advisor for the Kadist Art Foundation (Paris/San Francisco).Pirotte was one of the co-founders (in 1999) of the contemporary art center objectif_exhibitions in Antwerp, Belgium, and was the organization’s artistic director till 2005. From 2004 to 2013, Pirotte held the position of Senior Advisor at the Rijksakademie for Visual Arts in Amsterdam. From 2005 to 2011, he was Director of the Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland. As a freelance curator Pirotte co-curated and organized a.o. exhibitions for the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt (2014); for the Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2001); the Weltkulturenmuseum Frankfurt (2015), for TOP contemporary Art Space Shanghai; for the Shanghai Biennale; the Contemporary Image Collective in Cairo or the Fundación Celarg in Caracas, Venezuela. He also served as Advising Program Director for the Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing. He was curator of the 2016 edition of La Biennale de Montréal, and he was part of the curatorial team of the 2017 Jakarta Biennale. Philippe Pirotte has written numerous essays about contemporary art and artists.

• Jochen Volz (*Braunschweig, 1971)
Jochen Volz is an art historian and exhibition curator. He was appointed Director of the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil, in 2017. Volz studied Art History, Communication and Education at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and Humboldt-Universität in Berlin from 1993 to 1999. Jochen Volz served as a curator at the Portikus Ausstellungshalle in Frankfurt am Main from 2001 to 2004, as Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Galleries in London from 2012 to 2015 and as Curator of the 32nd Biennale do São Paulo in 2016. He curated the Brazilian Pavilion at the 57th Biennale di Venezia in 2017

8 June 2018

The Kunsthalle Fridericianum is looking for a new artistic director

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25 April 2018

With new strength towards documenta 15

After months of tension, the documenta and Museum Fridericianum gGmbH has kicked off to a promising future: Dr Sabine Schormann, currently responsible for two major arts trusts in northern Germany, will take up the key management position of general director. The contracts were signed yesterday (Tuesday) evening.More

After months of tension, the documenta and Museum Fridericianum gGmbH has kicked off to a promising future: Dr Sabine Schormann, currently responsible for two major arts trusts in northern Germany, will take up the key management position of general director. The contracts were signed yesterday (Tuesday) evening.

As Kassel’s mayor and supervisory board chairman of the documenta, Christian Geselle, emphasized that with Dr Schormann a competent personality has been found to give the documenta a solid basis and a new approach. “It is time to look forward. On the 18th of June 2022 the documenta 15 will open in Kassel. It has always been my intention that the people of Kassel and the world can look at our future world art exhibitions positively and enthusiastically with great anticipation,“ said Geselle.

With Wolfgang Orthmayr’s interim occupancy of the management, the current business has been secured. He will manage the business in close co-operation with Dr Sabine Schormann until her move to Kassel this autumn. The search for a new director was supported by a world-leading human resources agency.

“I am really delighted to have found Dr Schormann, a leading person with international expertise in art and culture management,” said mayor Geselle with reference to her professional qualification. She takes over the leadership of the documenta and Museum Fridericianum gGmbH after 18 years’ experience in her double function as director of the Lower-Saxony Sparkasse trust and the VGH trust in Hanover. Dr Schormann developed and shaped both trusts to their current significance. With a yearly budget of about 5 million euro the two trusts strengthen the cultural offering of Lower-Saxony, especially in the areas of visual arts, museums, music, literature, preservation of monuments and historical knowledge.

Sabine Schormann established the “National Day of Open Monuments” for the German trust for the protection of monuments. From 1996 to 2000 she managed the “Planet of Visions” and “The 21st Century” in the EXPO 2000 world exhibition theme park in Hanover.

The further development of the world’s most important art exhibition will profit from Dr Schormann’s professional competences, especially in the areas of art and museums, her innovative approach, her expertise managing complex institutions and major events, as well as her extensive experience in dealing with high quality art.

“I understand my role as ‘facilitator’. That means that with the documenta, I would like to strengthen art further with the biggest possible display and public perception, without involving myself artistically,” said Dr Schormann. In this respect she has the full support and confidence of the partners Kassel City and Hessen. Mayor Geselle: “Now we have the opportunity to bring documenta up to date and strengthen it lastingly”.

“I am pleased that we could attract Dr Sabine Schormann, a proven culture expert for this central position. This decision is an important further component with which we ensure that the documenta 15 will take place in 2022 as planned and will continue to be the first address for art friends from the whole world and will also stand on a solid foundation in future,“ said Hessen’s Minister for Science and Art and deputy supervisory board chairperson Boris Rhein. “The documenta is a great stroke of luck and treasure that we must protect for Hessen’s culture”.

One of Sabine Schormanns first tasks will be to initiate and accompany the search for an artistic director for the documenta 15 and for the Fridercianum art gallery. As director of the trust, i.a. responsible for the Lower-Saxony Music Days and the Literature Festival, she is convinced of the close exchange between the general management and the curatorial management: “I am aware of the expectation and the great responsibility and look forward to this challenging task.”

Dr Schormann will also support the documenta Institute's development process actively. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr Schormann would like to set the tone in Kassel in other respects – including and especially between the exhibition years – so as to highlight the local function and fixed positioning of the documenta, which is recognized as a platform for global artistic exchange.

11 April 2018

Interim Management of documenta and Museum Fridericianum gGmbH

Since 1 April 2018, the interim management of documenta and Museum Fridericianum gGmbH is under the responsibility of Wolfgang Orthmayr. “We are very happy that it was possible for us to attract Wolfgang Orthmayr for this position” says Christian Geselle, chairman of the board of documenta and Museum Fridericianum gGmbH. Orthmayr (58) originally from Hamburg has worked as Commercial Director at Stage Entertainment GmbH until December 2017. Before he worked as managing partner of M.A.D. Kommunikationsgesellschaft mbH and in the music industry, for Sony Music Entertainment and WOM World of Music. Without this interim solution the management position would have been vacant at times. The city of Kassel and the state Hesse are eager to fill the managing position long-term with a person of relevant experience and competence in the cultural management.More

Since 1 April 2018, the interim management of documenta and Museum Fridericianum gGmbH is under the responsibility of Wolfgang Orthmayr. “We are very happy that it was possible for us to attract Wolfgang Orthmayr for this position” says Christian Geselle, chairman of the board of documenta and Museum Fridericianum gGmbH. Orthmayr (58) originally from Hamburg has worked as Commercial Director at Stage Entertainment GmbH until December 2017. Before he worked as managing partner of M.A.D. Kommunikationsgesellschaft mbH and in the music industry, for Sony Music Entertainment and WOM World of Music. Without this interim solution the management position would have been vacant at times. The city of Kassel and the state Hesse are eager to fill the managing position long-term with a person of relevant experience and competence in the cultural management.

5 March 2018

documenta 14: Daybook has recently been awarded a bronze medal at the »Best Book Design from all over the World« 2018

"An exhibition guide, catalogue, companion volume, reader for documenta 14? None of those. This Daybook stands as a hybrid, which admittedly documents the previous Documenta exhibition, but also asserts the timeless validity of art […]More

"An exhibition guide, catalogue, companion volume, reader for documenta 14? None of those. This Daybook stands as a hybrid, which admittedly documents the previous Documenta exhibition, but also asserts the timeless validity of art […]


You could say that idea, leitmotif and design are synonyms in the case of this book. The conventional order of book production is so condensed here that it is hardly possible to talk about the design alone”, is what Rolf Wöhrle writes on the website of Stiftung Buchkunst about the Daybook that originated in the context of documenta 14 and which was selected for this year's "Best Book design from all over the World" awards for Switzerland and was designed by Julia Born and Laurenz Brunner.

The international book design competition, which has been taking place every year in Leipzig since 1963, is considered to be unique in the world. An international jury of designers evaluated over 600 submissions from 33 countries in the German National Library in Leipzig. The award ceremony will take place within the framework of the Leipzig Book Fair.

The documenta 14: Daybook emphasizes the 163 calendar days of the exhibition in Athens and Kassel in 2017—a first-time extension of the usual 100-day documenta project—and the personal and subjective nature of the spectator’s relationship to them. Each documenta 14 artist is granted a day in the Daybook, which includes a newly commissioned text as well as images selected by the artist specifically for the publication. The texts are authored by a wide variety of writers—critics, curators, poets, novelists, and historians—and are close readings of the artists’ practices in an array of literary forms: criticism, letters, poems, and parables. The Daybook is accompanied by two map booklets, for Athens and Kassel respectively, that are available in the exhibition and can be inserted into the Daybook’s dust jacket, thereby completing the book.

Quinn Latimer und Adam Szymczyk
documenta 14: Daybook
Separate English, German and Greek editions
Design: Julia Born & Laurenz Brunner, Zürich
Publisher: Prestel, München
ISBN: 978-3-7913-5654-9

http://www.stiftung-buchkunst.de/en/best-book-design-from-all-over-the-world.html

17 January 2018

An obelisk for Kassel – the city of Kassel and the artist Olu Oguibe together appeal for donations

“I was a stranger and you took me in”, a quote from the Gospel of St. Matthew, is written in gold letters in the languages German, English, Turkish and Arabic on the 16.20 metre high obelisk on Königsplatz as a humanist message. The obelisk is a work by Olu Oguibe, who keeps dealing with flight and migration in different ways in his art and created the obelisk for documenta 14 in Kassel.More

“I was a stranger and you took me in”, a quote from the Gospel of St. Matthew, is written in gold letters in the languages German, English, Turkish and Arabic on the 16.20 metre high obelisk on Königsplatz as a humanist message. The obelisk is a work by Olu Oguibe, who keeps dealing with flight and migration in different ways in his art and created the obelisk for documenta 14 in Kassel.


Many of the citizens have expressed a wish for the obelisk to stay in Kassel. The city of Kassel has taken this as an opportunity to work with the artist Olu Oguibe to prepare a fundraising campaign for the acquisition of the work as a permanent outdoor artwork for Kassel and for its preservation. This would mean that the work would be part of a series of sixteen installations which have represented past documenta exhibitions within the city of Kassel since 1977.

The new thing about this case is the joint appeal for donations by the city of Kassel and the artist to raise the total purchase amount of 600,000 euros. Citizens are invited to participate in the preservation of the obelisk in Kassel with their donations and thus to make it possible for the obelisk to remain in Kassel.

An enhancement for the cultural heritage of the documenta city
With regard to the issues realised in the obelisk artwork, Olu Oguibe explained: “The Obelisk was specially made for Kassel and for the public square where it stands. It is not based on politics but rather on the history of the city as a welcoming place, and on the simple human values that we all aspire to. Hospitality and gratitude are not political issues. The obelisk is also a unique work of art that further enriches the cultural legacy of the documenta city and the daily social interactions of citizens. It’s unlike any other work that has come to Kassel in the recent past.”

And concerning the reactions to his work, he remarked: “I’m honored that it has touched many people on a deep, human level. I’m also very happy that the majority have expressed a strong wish for it to stay. I obviously share that wish. Since the end of documenta, other towns and cities have expressed a desire to acquire the obelisk, including neighboring towns in the region, but I’ve always insisted that the obelisk was made for the people of Kassel and Königsplatz. Now, we need to pool resources together, and I encourage everyone to do their utmost best, and help us do whatever can be done to keep the obelisk in Kassel.”

An artwork which is representative of documenta 14
The Head of Kassel’s Department of Culture, Susanne Völker, commends the artwork and its effect in Kassel: “Every documenta leaves its mark in the minds of the people and on the cityscape of Kassel. documenta 14 was characterised by a political curatorial concept which consciously focussed on contemporary global issues. In view of this, the obelisk by the New York artist Olu Oguibe was the work from d14 to be awarded the Arnold Bode Prize. The work deals with the themes of flight and exile and, with its humanist message ‘I was a stranger and you took me in’, relates to the population of the city of Kassel, the guests and new arrivals to our city in an exciting way. It is deliberately not a centrally positioned symbol of power, but is instead a symbol and a location in the midst of busy activity.”

Commitment and support from the population is necessary for the purchase
At the same time, she pointed out that a purchasing committee employed by the city of Kassel proposes the purchase of representative artworks for the city’s collection after every document, but not outdoor artworks. Even in the past, the purchase of these works was only possible with the commitment and support of the population and businesses of Kassel. “Many people have campaigned on behalf of the obelisk. Olu Oguibe’s obelisk is a prize-winning artwork which is representative of documenta 14. It is received a lot of individual praise and attention, as well as political controversy. In many respects, this justifies the efforts to keep the obelisk in Kassel.”

If the fundraising target is not achieved
As the Head of the Department of Culture Völker explained, the agreement with Olu Oguibe also allows for the possibility that the fundraising target will not be achieved. In this case, it will be up to the artist whether he would like to accept the sum which has been achieved after a period of three months. “If he does not accept this price and the obelisk is not purchased, all the donors will get their money back. Thus, Olu Oguibe consciously faces up to a transparent civic decision regarding the purchase of his artwork,” says Head of the Department of Culture Völker.

Donations account has been set up

The donations can be transferred to the following account:
Kassel documenta Stadt
IBAN: DE16 5205 0353 0000 0110 99
BIC: HELADEF1KAS

As this fundraising campaign has the intention of returning the donations in the event that the obelisk is not purchased, we request the following information: purpose of donation: Obelisk plus the name of the donor or the company and the precise address.


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15 December 2017

documenta is known as the worldwide largest and most important exhibition for contemporary art. It has advanced to a seismograph of the art scene.More

documenta is known as the worldwide largest and most important exhibition for contemporary art. It has advanced to a seismograph of the art scene.

From 10. June until 17. September 2017 the 14th edition of document took place in Kassel. In Athens the exhibition was shown from 08. April until 16.07.2018. Well over one million visitors saw the exhibition in both cities during its runtime of 163 days, which makes documenta 14 the most frequented contemporary art exhibition of all times. During the one hundred days of documenta 14 in Kassel we welcomed 891,500 people. In Athens, documenta 14 was visited over 339,000 times, making documenta 14 the most visited multi-venue contemporary art exhibition in Greece’s history.

With documenta, the city of Kassel and the state of Hessen, but also Germany, owns a striking and extraordinarily successful brand, which stimulates a reflective and controversial discourse on the tasks and the role of contemporary art, necessary reorientations, and potential changes of perspective. It communicates a positive image of creativity, open-mindedness, and innovation for the city and country, conveying prestige and media orientation. documenta has a unique position worldwide. The international response to documenta 14 has confirmed this and triggered important impulses for cultural and urban tourism. The proportion of international visitors has continued to rise. 95% of respondents come to Kassel only because of documenta and contribute to the recognition of city and state.

The University of Kassel / Hochschule Fulda under the direction of Prof. Dr. Gerd-Michael Hellstern and Prof. Dr. Joanna Ożga has again compiled these representative outcomes in an evaluation for documenta 14, which you can find following.

15 November 2017

Date for documenta 15 has been set

In the meeting of the und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH supervisory board on November 15, 2017 the date for documenta 15 was set: The next edition of the exhibition in Kassel will take place from June 18 until September 25, 2022.More

In the meeting of the und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH supervisory board on November 15, 2017 the date for documenta 15 was set: The next edition of the exhibition in Kassel will take place from June 18 until September 25, 2022.

10 June 2017

The documenta 14 exhibition opens today in Kassel

Marta Minujín, The Parthenon of Books, 2017,
 steel, books, and plastic sheeting
, Friedrichsplatz, Kassel, documenta 14, photo: Roman März

Today, June 10, 2017, the documenta 14 exhibition opens in Kassel. Over 160 international artists present works conceived for documenta 14 at more than thirty different sites, public institutions, squares, cinemas, and university locations. The exhibition locations are open daily from 10 am–8 pm. Tickets for the exhibition can be purchased in the documenta webshop as well as in the on-site shop at Friedrichplatz, the documenta Halle, the Neue Galerie, and the Neue Neue Galerie (Neue Hauptpost). Additional ticket information is available here.More

Today, June 10, 2017, the documenta 14 exhibition opens in Kassel. Over 160 international artists present works conceived for documenta 14 at more than thirty different sites, public institutions, squares, cinemas, and university locations. The exhibition locations are open daily from 10 am–8 pm. Tickets for the exhibition can be purchased in the documenta webshop as well as in the on-site shop at Friedrichplatz, the documenta Halle, the Neue Galerie, and the Neue Neue Galerie (Neue Hauptpost). Additional ticket information is available here.


Orientation at documenta 14
Artistic director Adam Szymczyk proposes that visitors follow a parcour of the venues of documenta14 in Kassel. It begins at the former underground train station (KulturBahnhof) and extends through the Nordstadt district across Friedrichsplatz in a southerly direction to the Torwache, the unfinished city gate. The parcour route, as well as information about the exhibition venues, can be found here. The info map, with all of the documenta 14 exhibition locations in Kassel, can be downloaded here. The two main documenta 14 publications are the documenta 14: Daybook and The documenta 14 Reader. The documenta 14 Reader, is a critical anthology exploring issues of economy, language, and the coloniality of power, while the documenta 14: Daybook, is devoted to the artists participating in documenta 14. The Daybook is supplemented by two brochures (map booklets)–one each for Athens and Kassel–which can be purchased everywhere the publications are available for sale. The brochures can be stored in the cover of the Daybook, thereby completing the book. They provide general information about the exhibition locations and a list of the exhibited works. Further information about documenta 14 as well as the daily program of events can be obtained from the Press and Information Center at Friedrichsplatz 4, 34117, Kassel and at Mourouzi Street 16, 10674, Athens, as well as in the biweekly documenta 14 Public Paper, which is available for free at all exhibition venues. The complete documenta 14 program of events can be found on the calendar.

Book Donations for The Parthenon of Books
The Parthenon of Books is an artwork in progress based on public participation. Thousands of books have already been donated for the installation currently being constructed on Kassel’s Friedrichsplatz, which is modelled after the eponymous temple on the Acropolis of Athens. During the exhibition, books can also be donated on the spot, to shape the Parthenon with formerly or currently forbidden books from around the world.

We cordially invite you to bring a book with you to the exhibition and thus become a part of the work.

Visitor Survey
While documenta 14 opens in Kassel today, the exhibition has been on open in Athens since April 8. In Athens, documenta 14 has already reached a total of 244,000 visits to the various exhibition locations, works in public space, and numerous events and performances taking place across the city. The number of visits is counted at the entrance to each documenta 14 venue, work in public space, and event. documenta 14 has carried out visitor surveys during the first nine weeks: 43 percent of the exhibition visitors are Greek and are visiting from Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Volos, and other parts of Greece; a quarter of the visitors come from Germany; and the other visitors travel from places around the world (over 56 different countries), in order to visit the various locations, participate in events, listen to concerts, and experience the many aspects of the documenta 14 program in Athens. According to the survey, this is the first visit to documenta for many of the Greek and international visitors. The visitor survey is conducted by the University of Kassel in cooperation with the University of Athens.

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
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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.