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60 Years of documenta – Program

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 Kassel and Athens 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 information: press release)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Official transfer of the documenta Archive

The anniversary celebration begins with a symbolic act honoring the official transfer of the documenta Archive currently managed by the City of Kassel to the documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH. The archive was established on the initiative of Arnold Bode in 1961. Today, it comprises one of the world’s most important special libraries devoted to the art of the 20th and 21st centuries as well as an extensive collection of valuable materials, photographs, and correspondence from all thirteen previous documenta exhibitions. (More information: press release)

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Marcel Broodthaers Fridericianum

The Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924–1976) is one of the most significant representatives of the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, as evidenced not least of all by the presentation of his art at four documenta exhibitions (documenta 5, 6, 7 and documenta X). On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the documenta, the Fridericianum is pleased to present an extensive survey exhibition of Broodthaers’s works from all of his creative periods. (More information: press release)

Friday, July 17, 2015 and Saturday, July 18, 2015
Symposium documenta 1997–2017: expanding thought-collectives

Contributors include: Catherine David (documenta X, 1997) | Okwui Enwezor (Documenta11, 2002) | Roger M. Buergel and Ruth Noack (documenta 12, 2007) | Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (dOCUMENTA (13), 2012) | Adam Szymczyk (documenta 14, 2017). The notion of what a documenta exhibition can be and what it should accomplish has changed considerably over the past twenty years. This development and the questions and issues it raises will be the focus of attention during the two-day symposium. (More information: press release)

Friday, July 17, 2015 – Thursday, July 23, 2015
Ongoing Action
Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmuş: Public Collection of Modern Art

The recent work by Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmuş Public Collection of Modern Art (2014) proposes a subjective, non-exhaustive overview of Modern Art through the use of enactment. It is an attempt to claim history, to de-scale, de-monumentalize but also actualize and re-contextualize significant artworks and events from the history of modernity using only a few human bodies. (More information: press release)

Friday, July 17, 2015
Concert M.A. Numminen and defunensemble: Verliebte Philosophen

In conjunction with the documenta anniversary celebration, the cantata entitled Verliebte Philosophen by the Finnish artist, composer, and singer M.A. Numminen will be presented for the first time in Germany in a new, augmented arrangement. Composed in 2010, his Verliebte Philosophen forges yet another link between music and philosophy. The work deals with the complicated relationship between Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. (More information: press release)

Sunday, July 19, 2015
documenta Festival

Kassel has planned a grand festival for all visitors to the documenta city under the patronage of Lord Mayor Bertram Hilgen. Numerous art and cultural institutions, individual performers, and international guests are putting together a program devoted to recounting and celebrating the 60-year history of the documenta in exhibitions, films, performances, discussions, readings, and tours conceived specifically for the festival. (More information: press release)

October 30, 2015 to February 14, 2016
Exhibition: UTOPIEdocumenta – Unrealized Projects from the History of the World Art Exhibition

Focusing on a previously unexplored dimension of documenta history, the UTOPIEdocumenta exhibition takes a serious look at the “unfinished” as a genre of art in its own right. The documenta has gained international acclaim not only for the works acquired on loan from all over the world, but most notably for art projects developed exclusively for each documenta exhibition. Some of these projects were never or only partially realized due to technical or organizational constraints. The exhibition presents the wide range of media in which plans for these projects materialized. (More information: press release)



Overview 60 years of documenta

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