Impressions Of dOCUMENTA’s Contemporary Art

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The documenta is regarded as the most important exhibition of contemporary art, drawing attention from all over the world. It was initiated in 1955 by the artist and art educator, Arnold Bode, in Kassel. After the period of Nazi dictatorship, it was intended to reconcile German public life with international modernity and also confront it with its own failed Enlightenment.

The thirteenth edition of dOCUMENTA involves more than 300 participants. The exhibition in Kassel is presented at eight main venues, with many other projects located at sites throughout the center of the city.

“dOCUMENTA (13) is driven by a holistic and non-logocentric vision that is skeptical of the persisting belief in economic growth. This vision is shared with, and recognizes, the shapes and practices of knowing of all the animate and inanimate makers of the world, including people,” said curator C. Christov-Bakargiev. She continous that the exhibition “is driven by a holistic and non-logocentric vision that is skeptical of the persisting belief in economic growth. This vision is shared with, and recognizes, the shapes and practices of knowing of all the animate and inanimate makers of the world, including people.”

Jo Klockgether, who visited for us the exhibition, said, “this dOCUMENTA wasn’t as inspiring as the exhibition five years ago. The themes were not so playful as last time, instead the focus had been on war, financial crisis, debt, violence, injustice … the paper has been written only on one side, without sketching the second one.”

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