Documenta14 : Small is beautiful

My last visit  in one of the small venue of Documenta14 in Kassel was a big surprise and I think one of the best. The top apartment of a building  right in the center of  Friedrichsplatz has been transformed as a venue for the single exhibition of a Greek artist Apostolos Georgiou (1952, Thessaloniki, Greece).  His artwork is very human centric and all of his paintings are untitled. He leaves the viewers to make their interpretations as it should be.IMG_8312

 

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*Apostolos Georgiou studied Architecture at Hoschshule fur Angewandte Kunst, Vienna and Art at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence.

 

 

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3 Artworks in 3 Venues, Athens #Documenta 14

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National Museum of Contemporary Art, Syngrou Avenue,  Athens

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Cecilia Vicuna, Quipu Womb (The story of the Red Thread, Athens) (2017) Dyed Wool

This monumental, immersive poem in space exemplified the merging of Cecilia Vicuna’s material instincts as a visual artist with the visceral lyricism of her writing.

She presents a “quipped”, paying homage to the ancient, pre-Columbian art of the quipu – a form of writing involving intricate knotting patterns. This particular quipu consists of giant strands of untreated wool, which have been sources from a local Greek provider and dyed a startling crimson red of honour of a syncretic religious tradition that-via the umbilical cord of menstrual symbolism-connects an Andean mother goddesses with the maritime mythologies of ancient Greece

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Benaki Museum, Pireos street, Athens

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Sergio Zevallos :A war Machine. First Part: Fluid  Mechanics (2017).

Polystyrene sheets intervened with pigment graphite and shellac, polystyrene, acrylic, glass, plastic, metal, pigment, graphite, shellac, prints and organic materials and wooden frame

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Athens Conservatoire, Rigillis Street, Athens

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Pelagie Gbaguidi : The Missing Link, Dicolonisation Education by Mrs Smiling Stones (2017)

Schools desks, photographs, glassine paper sheets, drawings with colored pencil, microphone stand, earth and lipstick on paper, digital video.

Photographs by Dr. Peter Magubane

How might education contribute to purge from consciousness that the rest no under-bid but that the birth of a life is a value in itself. That every human has a right to a cradle.

Documenta 14: Εναρκτήριο Πρόγραμμα

    slide11     Εναρκτήριο πρόγραμμα της documenta 14

 

Η έκθεση της documenta 14 εγκαινιάζεται στην Αθήνα στις 8 Απριλίου. Σε ολόκληρη την πόλη, σε περισσότερα από 40 διαφορετικά δημόσια ιδρύματα, σε πλατείες, κινηματογράφους, πανεπιστημιακούς χώρους και βιβλιοθήκες, περισσότεροι από 160 καλλιτέχνες απ’ όλο τον κόσμο παρουσιάζουν τα νέα έργα τους για την documenta 14.

Οι κυριότεροι εκθεσιακοί χώροι θα είναι ανοιχτοί από Τρίτη έως Κυριακή, 11 π.μ.-9 μ.μ., και την Πέμπτη 11 π.μ.-11 μ.μ. Παρακαλούμε συμβουλευτείτε τον ιστότοπο της documenta 14 σχετικά με τις ώρες και μέρες λειτουργίας κατά τη διάρκεια του Πάσχα, καθώς και για πληροφορίες για τα εισιτήρια.

Έχουμε τη χαρά να σας γνωστοποιήσουμε το πρόγραμμα της εναρκτήριας εβδομάδας και σας προσκαλούμε θερμά να παραστείτε στις εκδηλώσεις. Παρακαλούμε τα ΜΜΕ να τις δημοσιοποιήσουν έγκαιρα ώστε να πληροφορήσουν το κοινό. Παρακαλούμε σημειώστε επίσης ότι σε κάποιες εκδηλώσεις η χωρητικότητα είναι περιορισμένη.

Πληροφοριακό υλικό σχετικά με την documenta 14 καθώς επίσης το καθημερινό πρόγραμμα εκδηλώσεων διατίθενται στο Κέντρο Τύπου και Πληροφοριών στην οδό Μουρούζη 16, 10674 Αθήνα, και μέσω της εφημερίδας της documenta 14, με τίτλο Public Paper, που θα διατίθεται δωρεάν σε όλους τους εκθεσιακούς χώρους.
8 Απριλίου 2017
Επίσημα εγκαίνια της documenta 14

Nikhil Chopra
Drawing a Line through Landscape, περφόρμανς, Αρχιμήδους 15 (Μοσχάτο), σε εξέλιξη

Γιάννης Χρήστου
Epicycle, 1968-2017, προσαρμογή για πραγματοποίηση από τον Rupert Huber, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.2) και όλοι οι υπόλοιποι χώροι, 11 π.μ.-9 μ.μ.

Nevin Aladağ
Music Room (Athens), περφόρμανς, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.4), 11 π.μ. και 5 μ.μ.

Sanja Iveković
Monument to Revolution, συλλογικό προφορικό κείμενο, Πλατεία Αυδή, 11 π.μ.-9 μ.μ.

Marie Cool Fabio Balducci
Μόνιμη εγκατάσταση κατά τη διάρκεια της ημέρας με καθημερινές δράσεις όταν ο ήλιος εισέρχεται στον εκθεσιακό χώρο, ενεργοποίηση: Florent Frizet, ΕΜΣΤ–Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης (4ος όροφος), 11 π.μ.-1 μ.μ.

Prinz Gholam
My Sweet Country, περφόρμανς, Ναός Ολυμπίου Διός, 11 π.μ.-1 μ.μ., 6 €, μειωμένο 3 €

Guillermo Galindo
Original Composition from the Series Exit/έξοδος, Μουσική περφόρμανς, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.4), 12 μ.μ.

Collective Exhibition for a Single Body
Περφόρμανς χορού, Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Πειραιά, 12-2:30 μ.μ., μειωμένο 2 €

Φοιτητές Ανώτατης Σχολής Καλών Τεχνών
Ανοιχτά στούντιο, Ανωτάτη Σχολή Καλών Τεχνών (ΑΣΚΤ)—Οδός Πειραιώς, 12-8 μ.μ.

Rasheed Araeen
Shamiyaana–Food for Thought: Thought for Change, μαγείρεμα και γεύμα, Πλατεία Κοτζιά, 1-2:30 και 3-4:30 μ.μ.

Gilles Aubry & Robert Millis, Every Time A Ear di Soun, Ραδιοφωνικό Πρόγραμμα της documenta 14
The Gramophone Effect, Cannibal Radio, SW 15560 kHz σε όλο τον κόσμο ή στο www.documenta14.de, 1 μ.μ.

Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan)
Géographie-Athènes (Geography-Athens), περφόρμανς, ΕΜΣΤ–Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης (4ος όροφος), 2 μ.μ.-9 μ.μ.

Joar Nango
European Everything, περφόρμανς, Ωδείο Αθηνών (κήπος), 2 μ.μ., 4 μ.μ. και 7 μ.μ.

Pope.L
Whispering Campaign (2016-17), περφόρμανς, πέντε έως έξι δημόσιοι χώροι, 2-7 μ.μ.

Narimane Mari
Le Fort des Fous, προεπισκόπηση, ΕΜΣΤ–Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης (αμφιθέατρο), 3 μ.μ.

Marta Minujín
Payment of Greek Debt to Germany with Olives and Art, περφόρμανς, ΕΜΣΤ–Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης (είσοδος), 4 μ.μ.

Γεωργία Σαγρή
Dynamis (Askese–on Empathy), εργαστήριο, Πάρκο Ελευθερίας, Κέντρο Τεχνών Δήμου Αθηναίων, 5-10 μ.μ.

Alvin Lucier
I Am Sitting in a Room, μουσική περφόρμανς, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.4), 6 μ.μ.

Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle
Cuddling Athens, περφόρμανς, ΕΜΣΤ–Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης, 6 μ.μ.

Aki Onda, Every Time A Ear di Soun, Ραδιοφωνικό Πρόγραμμα της documenta 14
Nam June’s Spirit Was Talking To Me, Paranoise Radio, SW 15560 kHz σε όλο τον κόσμο ή στο www.documenta14.de, 6 μ.μ.

Anton Kats
Giant Steps, περφόρμανς, περίπτερο στου Ψυρρή, 6:30 μ.μ.

Manthia Diawara
An Opera of the World, προεπισκόπηση, αμφιθέατρο ΕΜΣΤ–Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης, 7 μ.μ.

Mattin μαζί με τους Δάφνη Κραζούδη, Δανάη Λιοδάκη, Ιωάννη Σαρρή και Ελένη Ζερβού
Social Dissonance, περφόρμανς, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.3), 7 μ.μ.

Kettly Noël
Zombification, περφόρμανς και σκηνογραφική εγκατάσταση, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.1), 8 μ.μ.

Αλεξάνδρα Μπαχτσετζή
Private Song, περφόρμανς, Δημοτικό Θέατρο Πειραιά, 8:30 μ.μ., 10 €, εισιτήρια

Ross Birrell και David Harding, The Athens State Orchestra, Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra (SEPO)
Henryk Górecki, Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, Symphony of Sorrowful Song, μουσική περφόρμανς, Μέγαρο Μουσικής Αθηνών, 8:30 μ.μ., εισιτήρια
H μουσική εκδήλωση είναι συμπαραγωγή της documenta 14, της Κρατικής Ορχήστρας Αθηνών και του Μεγάρου Μουσικής Αθηνών. Μέρος των εσόδων θα διατεθεί στην πρωτοβουλία «Ροζ Κουτί» της Κρατικής Ορχήστρας Αθηνών για παιδιά προσφύγων καθώς και στα προγράμματα των Γιατρών Χωρίς Σύνορα για πρόσφυγες εντός και εκτός Ελλάδας.
9 Απριλίου 2017

Nikhil Chopra
Drawing a Line through Landscape, περφόρμανς, Αρχιμήδους 15 (Μοσχάτο), σε εξέλιξη μέχρι τις 8 μ.μ.

Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan)
Géographie-Athènes (Geography-Athens), περφόρμανς, ΕΜΣΤ–Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης (4ος όροφος), 11 π.μ.-9 μ.μ.

Γιάννης Χρήστου
Epicycle, 1968-2017, προσαρμογή για πραγματοποίηση από τον Rupert Huber, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.2) και όλοι οι υπόλοιποι χώροι, 11 π.μ.-9 μ.μ.

Marie Cool Fabio Balducci
Μόνιμη εγκατάσταση κατά τη διάρκεια της ημέρας με καθημερινές δράσεις όταν ο ήλιος εισέρχεται στον εκθεσιακό χώρο, ενεργοποίηση: Florent Frizet, ΕΜΣΤ–Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης (4ος όροφος), 11 π.μ.-1 μ.μ.

Prinz Gholam
My Sweet Country, περφόρμανς, Αρχαία Αγορά, Ωδείο του Αγρίππα, 11 π.μ.-1 μ.μ., 8 €, μειωμένο 4 €

Narimane Mari
Le Fort des Fous, προεπισκόπηση, ΕΜΣΤ–Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης (αμφιθέατρο), 12 μ.μ.

Ross Birrell
The Athens–Kassel Ride: The Transit of Hermes, εναρκτήρια εκδήλωση, ναός Αγίας Σοφίας Ακροπόλεως στην οδό Διονυσίου Αρεοπαγίτου, 12 μ.μ.

Collective Exhibition for a Single Body
Περφόρμανς χορού, Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Πειραιά, 12-2:30 μ.μ., 4 €, μειωμένο 2 €

Φοιτητές Ανώτατης Σχολής Καλών Τεχνών
Ανοιχτά στούντιο, Ανωτάτη Σχολή Καλών Τεχνών (ΑΣΚΤ)—Οδός Πειραιώς, 12-8 μ.μ.

Servanne Jollivet, Άννα Παπαέτη, Παύλος Χατζόπουλος, Νέλλη Καμπούρη, Γιώργος Μανιάτης
Boats of History, θαλάσσιο ταξίδι, Λιμάνι Πειραιά – Πύλη E2, 1 μ.μ.

Rasheed Araeen
Shamiyaana–Food for Thought: Thought for Change, μαγείρεμα και γεύμα, Πλατεία Κοτζιά, 1-2:30 και 3-4:30 μ.μ.

drog_A_tek, Every Time A Ear di Soun, Ραδιοφωνικό Πρόγραμμα της documenta 14
Signal Echo: the documenta Files, Cannibal Radio, SW 15560 kHz σε όλο τον κόσμο ή στο www.documenta14.de, 1 μ.μ.

Joar Nango
European Everything, περφόρμανς, Ωδείο Αθηνών (κήπος), 2 μ.μ., 4 μ.μ. και 7 μ.μ.

Nevin Aladağ
Music Room (Athens), περφόρμανς, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.4), 5 μ.μ.

Μαίρη Ζυγούρη
The Round-up Project: Kokkinia 1979–Kokkinia 2017 \ M. Z. \ M. K., περφόρμανς, Μνημείο «Μάντρα Μπλόκου Κοκκινιάς» (Νίκαια), 5 μ.μ.

Manthia Diawara
An Opera of the World, προεπισκόπηση, ΕΜΣΤ–Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης (αμφιθέατρο), 5 μ.μ.

Samnang Khvay, Rady Nget, Erin Gleeson, Hendrik Folkerts
The Way of the Spirit, ομιλία, Ανωτάτη Σχολή Καλών Τεχνών (ΑΣΚΤ)—Οδός Πειραιώς (παλιά βιβλιοθήκη), 5 μ.μ.

Γεωργία Σαγρή
Dynamis (Askese–on Empathy), εργαστήριο, Πάρκο Ελευθερίας, Κέντρο Τεχνών Δήμου Αθηναίων, 5-10 μ.μ.

Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle
Cuddling Athens, περφόρμανς, ΕΜΣΤ–Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης, 6 μ.μ

Marco Montiel-Soto, Every Time A Ear di Soun, Ραδιοφωνικό Πρόγραμμα της documenta 14
The Origin of Everything: Vom tropischen Tieflande zum ewigen Schnee, Paranoise Radio, SW 15560 kHz σε όλο τον κόσμο ή στο www.documenta14.de, 6 μ.μ.

Μαρίνα Γιώτη
The Invisible Hands, προεπισκόπηση, ΕΜΣΤ–Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης (αμφιθέατρο), 7 μ.μ.

Mattin μαζί με τους Δάφνη Κραζούδη, Δανάη Λιοδάκη, Ιωάννη Σαρρή και Ελένη Ζερβού
Social Dissonance, περφόρμανς, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.3), 7 μ.μ.

iQhiya
The Portrait, περφόρμανς, Ανωτάτη Σχολή Καλών Τεχνών (ΑΣΚΤ)–Οδός Πειραιώς (κήπος), 7-10 μ.μ.

Kettly Noël
Zombification, περφόρμανς και σκηνογραφική εγκατάσταση, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.1), 8 μ.μ.
10 Απριλίου 2017

Marie Cool Fabio Balducci
Μόνιμη εγκατάσταση κατά τη διάρκεια της ημέρας με καθημερινές δράσεις όταν ο ήλιος εισέρχεται στον εκθεσιακό χώρο, ενεργοποίηση: Florent Frizet, ΕΜΣΤ–Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης (4ος όροφος), 11 π.μ.-1 μ.μ.

Prinz Gholam
My Sweet Country, περφόρμανς, Ναός Ολυμπίου Διός, 11 π.μ.-1 μ.μ., 6 €, μειωμένο 3 €

Γιάννης Χρήστου
Epicycle, 1968-2017, προσαρμογή για πραγματοποίηση από τον Rupert Huber, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.2) και όλοι οι υπόλοιποι χώροι, 11 π.μ.-9 μ.μ.

Rasheed Araeen
Shamiyaana–Food for Thought: Thought for Change, Μαγείρεμα και γεύμα, Πλατεία Κοτζιά, 1-2:30 και 3-4:30 μ.μ.

Rashad Becker, Every Time A Ear di Soun, Ραδιοφωνικό Πρόγραμμα της documenta 14
Based on a True Story, Chapter IX, Cannibal Radio, SW 15560 kHz σε όλο τον κόσμο ή στο www.documenta14.de, 1 μ.μ.

Nevin Aladağ
Music Room (Athens), περφόρμανς, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.4), 5 μ.μ.

Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle
Cuddling Athens, περφόρμανς, ΕΜΣΤ–Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης, 6 μ.μ.

Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag, Every Time A Ear di Soun, Ραδιοφωνικό Πρόγραμμα της documenta 14
Rundfunk Aeterna, Paranoise Radio, SW 15560 kHz σε όλο τον κόσμο ή στο www.documenta14.de, 6 μ.μ.

Guillermo Galindo, Δημήτρης Δεσύλλας, Χριστίνα Παντελίδου
Original composition from the series Exit/έξοδος, μουσική περφόρμανς, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.4), 7 μ.μ.

Sanja Iveković
Lady R, περφόρμανς, Πλατεία Αυδή, 7 και 9:30 μ.μ.

Ulrike Ottinger, Κείμενα – Πρόγραμμα ταινιών της documenta 14
Chamissos Schatten, Kapitel 1: Alaska und die aleutischen Inseln (Η σκιά του Σαμίσο, Κεφάλαιο 1: Αλάσκα και οι Αλεούτιες Νήσοι), ταινία, EΡT2, μεσάνυχτα
11 Απριλίου 2017

Marie Cool Fabio Balducci
Μόνιμη εγκατάσταση κατά τη διάρκεια της ημέρας με καθημερινές δράσεις όταν ο ήλιος εισέρχεται στον εκθεσιακό χώρο, ενεργοποίηση: Florent Frizet, ΕΜΣΤ–Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης (4ος όροφος), 11 π.μ.-1 μ.μ.

Γιάννης Χρήστου
Epicycle, 1968-2017, προσαρμογή για πραγματοποίηση από τον Rupert Huber, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.2) και όλοι οι υπόλοιποι χώροι, 11 π.μ.-9 μ.μ.

Pope.L
Whispering Campaign (2016-17), περφόρμανς, πέντε έως έξι δημόσιοι χώροι, 11 π.μ.-10 μ.μ.

Rasheed Araeen
Shamiyaana–Food for Thought: Thought for Change, μαγείρεμα και γεύμα, Πλατεία Κοτζιά, 1-2:30 και 3-4:30 μ.μ.

Regina José Galindo
Presencia (Presence), Karen Lissette Fuentes, περφόρμανς, οδός Ελπίδος, 2 μ.μ.

Caroline Bergvall, Every Time A Ear di Soun, Ραδιοφωνικό Πρόγραμμα της documenta 14
OH MY OH MY (Pinktrombone, 21 January 2017), Cannibal Radio, SW 15560 kHz σε όλο τον κόσμο ή στο www.documenta14.de, 1 μ.μ.

Nevin Aladağ
Music Room (Athens), περφόρμανς, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.4), 5 μ.μ.

Γεωργία Σαγρή
Εργαστήριο, Πάρκο Ελευθερίας, Κέντρο Τεχνών Δήμου Αθηναίων, 5-10 μ.μ.

Soundwalk Collective, Every Time A Ear di Soun, Ραδιοφωνικό Πρόγραμμα της documenta 14
Transmissions, Paranoise Radio, SW 15560 kHz σε όλο τον κόσμο ή στο www.documenta14.de, 6 μ.μ.

Mattin μαζί με τους Δάφνη Κραζούδη, Δανάη Λιοδάκη, Ιωάννη Σαρρή και Ελένη Ζερβού
Social Dissonance, περφόρμανς, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.3), 7 μ.μ.

Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle
Συλλογική δράση, λεωφόρος Συγγρού, 12-2 μ.μ., οδός Ιάσονος (Μεταξουργείο), 7-9 μ.μ.

Anton Kats
A-Lethia, εγκατάσταση και προβολή, περίπτερο στην Κυψέλη, 7:30-9 μ.μ.

Kettly Noël
Zombification, περφόρμανς και σκηνογραφική εγκατάσταση, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.1), 8 μ.μ.

Manthia Diawara
An Opera of the World, παγκόσμια πρεμιέρα, Ταινιοθήκη, 8 μ.μ.
12 Απριλίου 2017

Marie Cool Fabio Balducci
Μόνιμη εγκατάσταση κατά τη διάρκεια της ημέρας με καθημερινές δράσεις όταν ο ήλιος εισέρχεται στον εκθεσιακό χώρο, ενεργοποίηση: Florent Frizet, ΕΜΣΤ–Εθνικό Μουσείο Σύγχρονης Τέχνης (4ος όροφος), 11 π.μ.-1 μ.μ.

Γιάννης Χρήστου
Epicycle, 1968-2017, προσαρμογή για πραγματοποίηση από τον Rupert Huber, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.2) και όλοι οι υπόλοιποι χώροι, 11 π.μ.-9 μ.μ.

Rasheed Araeen
Shamiyaana–Food for Thought: Thought for Change, μαγείρεμα και γεύμα, Πλατεία Κοτζιά, 1-2:30 και 3-4:30 μ.μ.

Ylva Bentancor, Every Time A Ear di Soun, Ραδιοφωνικό Πρόγραμμα της documenta 14
World Disorder, Cannibal Radio, SW 15560 kHz σε όλο τον κόσμο ή στο www.documenta14.de, 1 μ.μ.

Nevin Aladağ
Music Room (Athens), περφόρμανς, Ωδείο Αθηνών (ΩA.4), 5 μ.μ.

Documenta 14 : A glimpse of the programme and venues in Athens

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Pic : Screenshot http://www.documenta14. de/gr ,  2/04/2017

Documenta 14  in Athens is opening on the 8th April and still its PR department keeps its cards closed to its chest! In the previous week(24 March) documenta just announced the collaboration with the various institutions in Athens and gave a description of the events for each venue. I found all the information on  the website “Universes in Universe “(http://u-in-u.com/en/documenta/2017/documenta-14-athens/venues).  In an ideal world I would like to follow all the events but probably I have to follow Adam Szymczyk’s advice “the visitor needs to make a choice of what he wants to attend” and choose some of them:

  • Athens Conservatoire (Odeion Athinon):

In the documenta 14 exhibition at Odeion Athinon, the willfully mystic and modernist Greek composer Jani Christou plays a central role. Whereas his notion of the “continuum” provided an early experimental framework for working sessions between artists, curators, and the documenta 14 team, Christou’s idea that “music can be silent” and his methodology of “metapraxis” are relevant to a consideration of other composers like Pauline Oliveros, the Scratch Orchestra of Cornelius Cardew, and the new generation of artists presented at this venue.

  • Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA)—Pireos Street (“Nikos Kessanlis” Exhibition Venue)

Since the fall of 2016, Arnisa Zeqo of aneducation (the public education program of documenta 14) has led Elective Affinities, a seminar inviting students from various departments to engage with documenta 14 artists. The exhibition in the lofty galleries of the N. Kessanlis Exhibition Hall reaches beyond Athens, examining work from Ciudad Abierta, or “Open City,” founded outside Valparaiso in Chile, from Rabindranath Tagore’s Santiniketan school in the Bengali countryside near Kolkata, and from Matanzas, the “Athens of Cuba”—to name just three key schools and sites of learning that documenta 14 examines.

  • Benaki Museum

documenta 14 enters into a dialogue with four of the museum’s branches: the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art; the Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery; the Mentis Center for the preservation of traditional textile techniques; and the Pireos Street 138 Annex, located in the once industrial Rouf area. With its inward-looking architecture and spacious inner courtyard, the 138 Pireos St. Annex offers an opportunity for investigating untold, unfinished, or otherwise overshadowed histories—and proposing novel museologies, instantiated by the newly commissioned and historical works included in this major portion of documenta 14 exhibition.

  • EMST, National Museum Of Contemporary Art

Documenta 14 asks what (kind of citizen) can this factory still produce? The figure of Diogenes—the Cynic, cosmopolitan, and self-proclaimed citizen of the world—serves as our guide, whom we encounter on the ground floor in the copper engraving of Nicholas Poussin’s painting Landscape with Diogenes. Known for his austerity, Diogenes dispenses even with his cup after observing a youth using his bare hands to drink water.

  • Greek Film Archive, “Tainiothiki”
  • Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall

The extensive music program presented by documenta 14 takes center stage at the Megaron concert hall complex. Major works such as Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) and Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated! are being performed along with pieces by singular contemporary composers such as Julius Eastman, Éliane Radigue, and Jakob Ullmann. Joaquín Orellana premieres his new work Sinfonía del Tercer Mundo (Symphony from the Third World), a culmination of years of experimentation with choirs and orchestras as well as his own invention, the “utilés sonoros” (sound utensils), which is on display at the Megaron at the time of his performance.

  • Amerikis Square, Stavropolou 15

Maria Eichhorn’s work at the site consists of converting the building into an unowned property, which is to remain unused and protected against gentrification, real-estate speculation, and acquisition for commercial purposes.

  • Ancient Agora of Athens, Odeon of Agrippa

The two artists of Prinz Gholam appropriate the ancient architecture of these sites o and write their history anew by orchestrating a movement score of correspondences between the statues and their own bodies.

  • Archaeological Museum of Piraeus

Presented at the museum is Collective Exhibition for a Single Body, a proposal formulated by documenta 14 curator Pierre Bal-Blanc in collaboration with Greek choreographer Kostas Tsioukas and dancers Myrto Kontoni and Anastasio Koukoutas. A body is dissected into distinct parts, as in an anatomical study. Each part, limb, muscle, or organ becomes the medium of an action overseen by the curator and the choreographer and created by selected artists participating in documenta 14. The proposed gestures are translated into scores and performed amidst museum visitors by three dancers in an aleatoric fashion, repeated continuously.

  • Archimedous 15

The industrial district of Moschato is characterized by workshops, tavernas, wholesale shops, and low-income housing blocks. It is also home to the Athens School of Fine Arts, Pireos Street campus. Not far from the school are two adjacent spaces sharing the same address. The first, a former print shop with high ceilings and concrete floors, houses Otobong Nkanga’s production of new soap recipes inspired by different regions of Africa, the Middle East, and Southern Europe. Next door, in a former taverna, Nikhil Chopra stages a three-day performance in which he makes a wall drawing of the open sea, before setting off for a road trip to Germany through Eastern Europe. The road trip is punctuated by performances with public drawings and collaborative events, with the cycle concluding upon his arrival in Kassel.

  • Parko Eleftherias, Athens Municipality Arts Center
    Museum of Anti-dictatorial and Democratic Resistance

For eight months, the building has been the site of the Parliament of Bodies, a space for public debate and collective performance, and it continues to have this function throughout the exhibition. In this context, we ask what does it mean to be public? Who can narrate history? Who is allowed to speak? Can the museum be used against its own colonial and patriarchal regimes of visibility? The Museum of Anti-Dictatorial and Democratic Resistance also serves as one of the sites of the exhibition by hosting a film by the Syrian collective Abounaddara.

  • Aristotle’s Lyceum

Between the Athens Conservatoire (Odeon Athinon) and the Sarogleio Building (Armed Forces Officers Club) lie the foundations of the ancient Lyceum of Aristotle, established by the philosopher in 335 BC with a focus on peripatetic learning. The ancient Greek word περιπατητικός (peripatêtikos), or “given to walking,” signals Aristotle’s key notion of learning as a movement of the body in tandem with the movement of the mind. In the installation by Postcommodity, movement takes the form of sound at the archaeological site. Transmitted through highly precise military-grade speakers, stories of forced displacement, imposed journeys, and transformation are broadcast—sometimes sung, sometimes spoken, and at times merely indicated by silence.

  • Attis

Founded in Delphi in 1985 by Theodoros Terzopoulos, the Attis Theatre is dedicated to performing works of ancient Greek tragedy. The theater collaborates with international festivals and theaters to bring attention to the tragic drama and revitalise the knowledge of its form. It was the wish of playwright Jannis Kontrafouris (1968-2007) that his Jocasta, completed shortly before the author’s death, would be directed and staged by Terzopoulos. A meditation on human suffering, the play explores the margins of speech and barest leftovers of meaning. The protagonist here is the language itself, as it carries the traces of the once glorious past into the world of contemporary atrocity.

  • Avdi Square

The former factory of the silk company, one of the oldest neoclassical buildings in the city and now the Municipal Gallery, once employed more women than men; the women were paid less than half the average male wage. In response to these and other not-so-distant histories of hard working conditions and inequality, Sanja Iveković reimagines Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Monument to Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht as a public stage for workers’ rights, women’s rights, and class struggle.

  • Gennadius Library
  • Dionysiou Areopagitou

On April 9, horses and riders set out on The Athens–Kassel Ride: The Transit of Hermes, in a procession that begins at the midpoint along Dionysiou Areopagitou. The procession celebrates the horses and riders as they depart on a 1,850-mile journey on horseback to Kassel, taking place over approximately 100 days. Inspired by the Swiss-Argentine horseman Aimé Tschiffely’s trek from Buenos Aires to New York (1925–28) on two Argentine Criollo horses, The Athens-Kassel Ride is conceived by Ross Birrell and developed in collaboration with Peter van der Gugten, founder of the Annual Tschiffely Memorial Ride. The ride is being carried out by Tina Boche, Peter van der Gugten, Zsolt Szabo, and David Wewetzer in accordance with the Charter of Reken.

  • Isadora & Raymond Duncan Dance Research Center
  • National Archaeological Museum

Originally designed in 1866 to host finds from nineteenth century archeological excavations, the museum’s collections—the most extensive in Greece—date from the sixth millennium BC to late antiquity. The building’s neoclassical façade was designed by Ernst Ziller, an important architect of imperial buildings under King George I. In the 1940s, when Nazi troops invaded Athens, archaeologists in Greece (in a gesture similar to those of colleagues around the world) chose to protect ancient objects by reburying them. Daniel Knorr references this act in his (unrealized) proposal to bury the sculpture Boy with a Dog from the collection of the National Archeological Museum for the duration of the exhibition. His second proposal involves setting up a hydraulic press to print a book, in which each edition includes objects found on the streets of Athens pressed between the pages—an archeology of today, preserved for the future.

  • Polytechnion,” Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) and the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)—Patission Street Complex

A main work on view at the Polytechnic is a model proposed by artist Rainer Oldendorf, which is inspired by the Functional City exhibition mounted in Athens in 1933. The exhibition was the culmination of the fourth Congrès Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM 4) held on board a ship traveling from Marseilles to Athens

  • Syntagma Square

Ibrahim Mahama engages in an intervention on Syntagma Square that involves repurposed jute sacks, once used for transporting commodities, to reveal the layers of political action performed on this square over time.

*More venues and description of the events on the website of Universes in Universe.

From all the above probably I will be able to attend only a handful and again I feel that I am quite lucky!

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Documenta : a brief history

Documenta is the single most important event dedicated to the contemporary art exhibition in our recent times which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. Documenta has a fascinated history judging by the reason that it was created in 1955 by Arnold Bode, an academic professor and painter, after a cultural urgency in the post war Germany to bring Germany back in dialogue with the rest of the world and to connect the international scene through a presentation of 20th century art.slide06

In 1955 Arnold Bode created the exhibition of contemporary art at the Museum of Fridericianum which was part of the flower show in Kassel. He carried on for some years curating the exhibition with a team of curators until 1968.

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In 1972 Documenta 5 was directed by Harald Szeeman, who introduced the theme exhibition because he wanted to put forward the perspective of time. Harald Szeeman established the concept of the single star curator.

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In 1997, Documenta 10 was led for the first time in the history by a woman, French art historian and curator, Catherine David. Her intellectual approach to the exhibition examined the political, social, economic and cultural issues of the contemporary globalized world.

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In 2012, the last Documenta 13 was curated by the second woman in Documenta’s history, Carolyn Christov Bakargiev presented two concurrent events outside the city of Kassel, Kabul and Cairo which were totally different exhibitions from that of Kassel.   This last exhibition was a blockbuster exhibition in terms of the number of visitors around 900,000 persons and an enormous amount of artwork.

This year 2017 Documenta 14 is taking place simultaneously in Athens and Kassel.

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The artistic Director of  Documenta 14 is Adam Szymczyck, Polish artistic director at Kunsthalle Basel and winner of the award for the curatorial achievement at the Menil Foundation in Houston.

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By choosing Athens as the parallel site of the exhibition Szymczyck argues that Documenta 14 has the same urgency to find out the scope which was created at first in Kassel. They want to show trust and solidarity to Greeks and create a bridge between these two countries by starting a conversation and ‘learning from Athens’, the latter is the working title of Documenta 14.

The preliminary events have already started in Athens at Parko Eleftherias and you can follow some events on line at Documenta14’s  website : http://www.documenta14.de/en/

David Bowie Collector

When a commoner dies his bric a brac goes to Oxfam shop of his neighbourhood, when a rich and famous dies his bric a brac ends up at Sotheby’s! These days David Bowie’s collection of 20th century British contemporary art  is auctioned at Sotheby’s and the first part of the auction has already taken part last Wednesday yielding an astronomical amount of 24 millions! David Bowie was a collector as any other rich person who has enough spare money to indulge himself  by buying whatever artwork he likes, from  Basquiat, Bellany, Bomberg, Lanyon, Hirst and many others. As one of the curators mentioned,  there is a limit of how much someone can spend in buying cocaine, the rest must somehow has to be spend in some others pleasure associated with human’s vulnerable spots which  are primarily three things :  collecting, collecting, collecting.   All these art works have an added value of being in the possession of one of the most iconic musician of the 20th century, everyone with a considerable spare of money wants to acquire something that David has chosen or used.Therefore Sotheby’s auction success had already taken for granted. A lot of  the artwork was sold at the double price of the original. For example  Basquiat’s ‘Air of Power’ was sold at the astronomical price of 7 millions with a starting point of 2-3 million!

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Foyer by Patrick Caulfield, 1973. In the front, David Bowie’s personal music player.

img_2970Air-Power by  Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1960-1988.

There is a lot to say about art market and what is the real value an artwork, a  mystery not for only the common people but  even for those who are in the business of art world.  It is an absurd game between the two main players of the  society ‘the market’ and the bourgeoisie!

img_2967This was my favourite piece of the collection : Teenagers by Sven Berlin (1911-2000): watercolour and ink wash, £600-800.

 

Liverpool

Liverpool was a really revelation for me, a city which I had closely associated with my favourite band, the Beatles!  And it is obviously  the city’s pride and product of promotion: The Beatles statues are right in the front of the city’s Pier Head(pic.1). Searching around I found some interesting facts about the city such as : During 19th century the wealth of Liverpool exceeded that of London because of the cotton and slavery trade. The status of the city was enhanced by having its  own Whitehall.  It was the registry port of the ship ‘Titanic’. This fact is connected with Adelphi Hotel’s lounge in the city centre which was an imitation of the Titanic lounge (pic.2). The city as a major port and access to the Atlantic trade  has well established communities such as Nordic, Jewish, Greek, German and the oldest Chinese community. In the recent years there is a considerable redevelopment of the city. One of the new buildings, which I found that is fabulously blended with the rest  of historical buildings of the city,  is the Open Eye Gallery constructed by the RCA architects (pic.3). It was a real eye-catching from every corner someone was looking at it (pic.3,4,5).

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Open Eye Gallery (pic.3)

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Hanover Street : This small architectural detail (the extended small box room) gives an interesting and entertaining view of the street.

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Mathew street  is one of many tourist attractions related to The Beatles, and the location of Europe’s largest annual free musical festivals.img_2640

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The China Town.

img_2613Liverpool’s Tate Gallery

At the moment there is the  Liverpool Biennial 2016  which actually finishes today 16 October. The theme of this Biennial explores fictions, stories and histories, taking viewers on a series of voyages through time and space : Ancient Greece, Chinatown, Children’s Children’s Episode, Software, Monuments from the Future and Flashback.