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Documenta
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Documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH is a non-profit organization supported and funded by the City of Kassel and the State of Hesse, as well as by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

In 1955, the Kassel painter and academy professor Arnold Bode endeavored to bring Germany back into dialogue with the rest of the world after the end of World War II, and to connect the international art scene through a “presentation of twentieth century art.” He founded the “Society of Western Art of the 20th Century” in order to present art that had been deemed by the Nazis as degenerate as well as works from classical modernity that had never been seen in Germany in the destroyed Museum Fridericianum.

The first Documenta was a retrospective of works from major movements (Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, the Blaue Reiter, Futurism) and brilliant individualists such as Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Hans Arp, Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandinsky, and Henry Moore. In this journey through the art of the first fifty years of the century, German founders of modern art such as Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer, or Max Beckmann were presented alongside classics of modernism.

Each Documenta takes its character from the ideas and concept of its Artistic Director, and is therefore not only a forum for current trends in contemporary art, but a place where innovative and standards-setting exhibition concepts are tried. In each edition, Documenta has played a leading role in taking the international discourse about art in new directions. Over the past decades, Documenta has established itself as an institution that goes far beyond a survey of what is currently happening, inviting the attention of the international art world every five years for this “museum of 100 days.” The discourse and the dynamics of the discussion surrounding each Documenta reflects and challenges the expectations of society about art.

  • ProtoZone 15: Time is Pressure
    Jun 7 – Aug 4, 2024
    Shedhalle
    Zürich, Switzerland

    Protozone15: Time is Pressure, brings together six existing projects by five international artists, with all but one produced after 2020. Their presentation is organized dramaturgically, both spatially and in relation to time. In so doing we are committed to further extending our research into understanding artistic processes, this time by focusing on processes of display and the lifespan of a work as well as in the ongoing processes of our long term collaborations with the invited artists. (more…)

  • Michael Radford: CRASH
    Publication
    Edition Taube
    International

    In Michael Radford’s first artists’ book, we see shattered supercar bodies – forming a dialogue between consumer accidents and human desire, questioning these objects and their role in enabling petrol masculinity. The seductive high-gloss compositions draw us in, seen through the lens of automotive sexiness and the capitalist ideological machine, cannoned by the image. (more…)

  • Sydney Albertini: Too Close To Me
    Jul 4–31, 2024
    Tristan Hoare
    London, UK

    Tristan Hoare is delighted to present Too Close to Me, Sydney Albertini’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. Too Close to Me presents a new body of work created by Albertini over the past two years, following a series of recent surgeries and exploring the healing process that followed. Albertini’s new Glass and Standing Woman series incorporate elements of her earlier Movement works while pushing the boundaries of the picture plane. (more…)

  • Justinien Tribillon: Visible upon Breakdown
    Publication
    Spector Books
    International

    The space in which we live is determined by currents, by transitions. However, we are so used to moving around in this hypermodern world that we don’t even notice the currents that make up our lives. They are invisible, hidden in plain sight – until they collapse. The war in Ukraine is preventing the export of wheat, Covid-19 and timber shortages are making themselves felt in construction projects all over the world: These events are not just human tragedies, they are also an urgent reminder of global dependencies. (more…)

  • REFUGE
    Apr 12 – Dec 31, 2024
    Sapieha Palace
    Vilnius, Lithuania

    The inaugural exhibition of the Sapieha Palace seeks to unfold the spirit and history of the palace itself, as well as the diverse narratives surrounding its past. The works on displays and their arrangement act as a soft, transparent layer placed over the palace spaces, having been painted and repainted multiple times. The spatial and conceptual interaction thus reveals the previous and ongoing influence of a multitude of forces. (more…)

  • Thandiwe Muriu: Camo
    Publication
    Chronicle Books
    International

    Camo, by photographer Thandiwe Muriu, is the first publication to chronicle the work of this international artist, celebrating the vibrant portraits she creates that combine cultural textiles and beauty ideologies. Muriu takes us on a colorful, reflective journey through her world as a woman living in modern Kenya as she reinterprets contemporary African portraiture. (more…)

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