Confusing and popular art in Germany: Documenta 14 Kassel

Martha Minujin @ Documenta 14


A unique and one-of-a-kind, or rather once-in-five-years contemporary art exhibition is currently transforming the city of Kassel, Germany, until 17 September 2017. For 100 days, more than 160 international Documenta 14 artists show their work in 30 different locations in the city.

Dan Peterman @ Documenta 14
DAN PETERMAN (geb. 1960, Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Kassel Ingot Project (Iron) (2017)
Produced in collaboration with DK Recycling und Roheisen GmbH, Duisburg, Germany

Arnold Bode founded the exhibition in 1955 to reconnect the German people to contemporary art after the war years.

Olu Oguibe @ Documenta 14
Olu Oguibe
(b. 1964, Aba, Nigeria)
Das Fremdlinge und Flüchtlinge Monument (Monument for strangers and refugees, 2017)
3 × 3 × 16.3 m Königsplatz

Early on, the exhibition featured famous artists from Europe and abstract art. Now, installation artists from all continents and walks of life present their best work.

Agnes Denes @ Documenta 14
Agnes Denes
(born 1938, Budapest)
The Living Pyramid (2015/2017)
Flowers, grass, earth, wood, color
9 × 9 × 9 m
In commission and presented by Socrates Sculpture Park, New York

Since 1987 postmodern design has found its way into the exhibition and marks an influential part of the show.
This year the organizers hope to crack the 1 million visitors mark.

Maret Anne Sara Pile @ Documenta 14
Máret Ánne Sara
(born 1983, Hammerfest, Norway)
Pile o´ Sápmi (2017)
Curtain from caribou skulls and metal, porcelain chain from caribou bone ashes, 2 photo light boxes and two glass cases with documents of the elevation of the caribou elevation law and about the law case of Jovsset Anet Iversen Sara vs. the Norwegian ministry of farming and nutrition.
Curtain: ca. 300 × 400 cm
Chain: 500 Teile, je 5 × 2,5, 2 cm
Co-produced by the Arts Council Norway; Office of Contemporary Art, Norway; and the Sami Parliament of Norway

Photo credits:

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

Dan Peterman, Kassel Ingot Project (Iron), 2017, Eisenbarren, installation view, Neue Neue Galerie (Neue Hauptpost), Kassel, documenta 14, photo: Mathias Völzke

Olu Oguibe, Das Fremdlinge und Flüchtlinge Monument (Monument for strangers and refugees), 2017, concrete, Königsplatz, Kassel, documenta 14, photo: Michael Nast

Agnes Denes, The Living Pyramid, 2015/2017, various materials, Nordstadtpark, Kassel, documenta 14, photo: Mathias Völzke

Máret Ánne Sara, Pile o’ Sápmi, 2017, various materials, installation view, Neue Neue Galerie (Neue Hauptpost), Kassel, documenta 14, photo: Mathias Völzke

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