Until September 16, 2012 a big contemporary art exhibition, dOCUMENTA(13), awaits visitors to Kassel, Germany. In addition to the classic exhibition spaces of previous editions, the fair expands into new spaces including the old central railway station and a former hospital, inviting spectators to reconsider their ideas about the context of art today.
The Fridericianum, Neue Gallerie and documenta-Halle as well as the museum of the Orangerie across from Karlsaue Park (see LINK), Ottoneum natural history museum and unusual spaces such as the railway station or the buildings at Oberste Gasse 4 and the Untere Karlsstraße all feature artworks addressing the theme of the exhibition, “Collapse and Recovery”.
Art with the potential to invent new ways of living: less expensive, more ingenious, requiring less intense investment of work and time, and less self-destructive, as exhibition curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev explains.
The exhibition includes very diverse works, such as the installation Leaves of Grass by Geoffrey Farmer positioning cut-outs of people and products from “Life” magazine on leaves of grass so that they change and decay naturally during the 100 days of the exhibition.
Yan Lei’s Limited Art Project proposes another kind of cut-out: for 360 days the artist saved images from the web and had them painted. Fragments of the history of our imagery, filling up a true Wunderkammer.
Attia Kader’s The Repair includes African repair techniques which do not conceal disfigured human faces, accompanied by books and “trench art” from World War I.
Faces are also the theme of the work Faces and Phases by South African artist and activist Zanele Muholi.
Of what is, that is; of what is not, that is not, a 5x17 m carpet by Goshka Macugas, is based on a digital collage and sets a semi-fictitious scene against the ruins of Darul Aman palace in Kabul. A similar carpet showing a scene in Kassel is on exhibit at the same time in Kabul, another location for dOCUMENTA(13).
Experience this and much more at this unique event open until September 16, 2012.
Project: dOCUMENTA(13), http://d13.documenta.de/de/
Location: Kassel, Germany
Dates: from 9/6 to 16/9/2012
Fridericianum, one of the classic sites of documenta. Photo: Nils Klinger
Die Gedanken sind frei: 100 songs for the 100 days of dOCUMENTA (13), 2011–12, Interactive audio sculpture dispersed on 5 sites, jukeboxes, CDs Dimensions variable Courtesy the artist; Timothy Taylor Gallery, London Commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13) and produced with the support of Outset Contemporary Art Fund and Deutsche Wurlitzer GmbH, Hüllhorst Neue Galerie / 4 Public cafés, Photo: Anders Sune Berg
Leaves of Grass, 2012, Life magazines (1935–85), tall grass, wood, glue Dimensions variable, Courtesy the artist Commissioned and produced by dOCUMENTA (13) with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council, Photo: Anders Sune Berg
Limited Art Project, 2011–12, 360 paintings, oil and acrylic on canvas, dimensions variable Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano - Beijing - Le Moulin; Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing Commissioned and produced by dOCUMENTA (13), with the support of Galleria Continua, San Gimignano - Beijing - Le Moulin; Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, Photo: Anders Sune Berg
The Repair from Occident to Extra- Occidental Cultures, 2012, “The Repair”: slide show projection and genuine artifacts from Africa “Repair as cultural anthropophagy and resistance”: video films, vitrines, artefacts from Africa and Europe, medical and military elements from World War I “Relecture”: life-size sculptures in wood and marble, plinths Dimensions variable Commissioned and produced by dOCUMENTA (13) with the support and courtesy of Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/Beijing/Le Moulin; Galerie Christian Nagel Berlin/Cologne/Antwerp; Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna. Further support by Fondation nationale des arts graphiques et plastiques, France; Aarc—Algerian Ministry of Culture, Photo: Roman März
Untitled, 1993–2012, Faces and Phases, 2011–12 60 photographs Gelatin silver prints each 86.5 x 60.5 cm Courtesy Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg Commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13) and produced by Goethe-Institut, South Africa; Goethe-Institut, sub-Saharan Africa; Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg Difficult Love, 2010 Video documentary 25 min. Co-directed by Peter Goldsmid and Zanele Muholi Courtesy South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Photo: Anders Sune Berg
Of what is, that it is; of what is not, that it is not 1, 2012, Tapestry 520 x 1740 cm Commissioned and produced by dOCUMENTA (13) with the support of Fiorucci Art Trust, London; Outset Contemporary Art Fund; Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich; Kate MacGarry, London. Special thanks to Andrea Viliani, Roman Mensing, Joel Peers, Flanders Tapestries Courtesy the artist; Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Kate MacGarry, London; Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich Photo: Roman März