10th edition of the Documenta exhibit
Report on the 10th edition of the Documenta, the major contemporary art exhibit organised every five years by the city of Kassel since 1955. Presentation of the works of the invited artists and interview with Catherine David, the commissioner of this edition, who explains her decision to not include paintings this year. Comments by visitors on the animated installation A home for the pigs and the men.
The popular Documenta knows how to make itself desired: organised only once every five years in the German town of Kassell (Hesse), the exhibition is dedicated to contemporary art and brings the works of hundreds of artists into the streets by dividing the different places and quarters of the town. Over a hundred days, over 600,000 visitors are invited to reflect on the meaning of the works or let their emotions react by discovering the different installations in situ.
Created by the painter and professor Arnold Bode in 1955, with the mission of uniting German society with modern art, the Documenta has continued, over the years, to affirm its international dimension and inviting artists from all over the world. Proof of its permanent programme renewal, each edition is entrusted to a different person: the French Catherine David in 1997, the Nigerian Okwul Enwezor in 2002, the German Roger M. Buergel in 2007.
It has reflected artistic movements for over 50 years. The Documenta has witnessed the great debates and controversies and was sometimes itself caught up in them, like in 1968, in the wind of social and political events.