d documenta - a conference towards documenta 13
All the former directors, as representatives of the artists and the curatorial teams who together conceived, imagined, witnessed and dreamed documenta - one of the most important fairs of contemporary art in the world, founded in 1955 in Kassel - have been invited to the conference on September 18-19, 2009 at Castello di Rivoli
The two-day conference d documenta has the goal to provide a forum of discussion and reflection on the history of documenta, conceived in the early 1950s, as a direct response to the "degenerate art" politics of the Third Reich, and on its future editions.
The d documenta conference is organised by documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH, Kassel and by Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin, prestigious partner of UniCredit cultural network.
The choice of Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, as the ideal location for this conference, is due to the particular circumstance that the museum's first director, Rudi Fuchs, was also Artistic Director of documenta 7 in 1982, and that today, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Chief Curator since 2001 and interim artistic director of the Castello di Rivoli in 2009, has been nominated the Artistic Director of documenta 13, which will be held in 2012 in Kassel.
The speakers are:
Heiner Georgsdorf, Speaker of the Board of Trustees of the Arnold-Bode- Foundation, and friend of Arnold Bode.
With reference to documenta, 1955, II.documenta, 1959, documenta III, 1964, 4.documenta, 1968, directed by A. Bode.
Walter Grasskamp, Chair of Art History in the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich. With reference to documenta, 1955; II. documenta, 1959; documenta III, 1964; 4.documenta, 1968.
Jean-Christophe Ammann, part of the 'Work group' that curated documenta 5, 1972, directed by Harald Szeemann.
Manfred Schneckenburger, Artistic Director of documenta 6, 1977
and documenta 8, 1987.
Rudi Fuchs, Artistic Director of documenta 7, 1982.
Jan Hoet, Artistic Director of documenta IX, 1992.
Catherine David, Artistic Director of documenta X, 1997.
Okwui Enwezor, Artistic Director of documenta 11, 2002.
Roger M. Buergel, Artistic Director of documenta 12, 2007.
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director of documenta 13, 2012.
"documenta 13 - says Christov-Bakargiev - is being developed from an archeological perspective, according to which every cultural project that moves forward must be grounded on a backwards gaze, in an ecological relationship to the past. How was the present imagined in the second half of the 20th century and what was considered urgent at each successive edition of the exhibition?" At the same time, she is "...personally committed to the illogical, the playful and the poetic, to the celebration of works of art, as well as to the participation and singular experience of those who attend an event like documenta".
This conference attempts to bring the past, present, and future of documenta into one room, in dialogue.
Attendance is free but seating is limited. To reserve your seat please fill out the application form available on the site www.castellodirivoli.org
For further information, please visit the site www.castellodirivoli.org