Monday, June 11, 2012


Every 5 years dOCUMENTA take over Kassel over the 100 days it showcase the cultural world standing. The dOCUMENTA is a holistic presentation of artists that may not be known in art history books but are important to history. Thinkers, philosophers, anthropologists, scientists were asked to participant in this year dOCUMENTA curated every year by one curator. This year curator is Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. I'm glad the dOCUMENTA took place while we were here. 
dOCUMENTA (13) feature Do Ho Suh's Fallen Star, Paul McCarthy's 30-foot ketchup bottle, William Kentridge's animation "Five Themes", Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller collaboration of Kassel's Train Station video, and much more.


40 years of TIMES magazine compile into a college installation of images.

Pastor Korbiniam Aigner's (1885-1966) "Apples", apple a day installation while he was working in the Nazi's concentration camp at documenta 13. 372 drawings, gouache and pencil or watercolor and colored pencil on cardboard, each 12 cm x 15.5 cm at Kassel.

Anna give introduction of the Rotunda of Friedericianum where the space exhibit a variety of still life, ceramics, sculpture, paintings of 

Art of the Soul
Elizabeth and Noelle infront of the wall. 

Pierre Huyghe’s beehive-headed (Maillol) sculpture

Julie Meredith paintings at dOCUMENTA 13.

The Orangerie was damaged and later repaired to host the federal garden show in 1955. After the show the building was restored and transformed into the astronomy and physical cabinet with planetarium. During dOCUMENTA 12, the space infront of the Orangerie was used for exhibition.  

Wave pond at the Orangerie

Wooden frame glasses sold at dOCUMENTA (13) gift shop.

Yan Lei has created a large-scale installation of paintings in the documenta-Halle. Produced, one per day, in the year prior to the exhibition, the 360 figurative paintings are displayed in museum racks and hang from the ceilings and walls, filling the entire room- at Kassel.

Michael Rakowitz's What Dust Will Rise, 2012. Bamiyan Buddas, burn books, fragment of meteorite which hit Earth in 1954, photographs of craters, or "bomb ponds" result from the American bombardments of Cambodia during Vietnam war, a vido installation juxtaposing he reconstructed Fridericianum in Kassel. 

The Middle of tag

Carpet Photograph Installation by Mariam Ghana. 

Our hotel room at Kassel sharing a room with Robert.

Our hotel view at Kassel. 

The-Do-Nothing-Garden imported wild garden part of dOCUMENTA (13) by 

Janet Cardiff and  George Bures Miller the Canadian duo collaborated on a video walk at dOCUMENTA (13). I took this video walk at Kassel train station with a Ipod and headphone in hand interfacing between cinem and theater and the actual site-specific space the video was documented. The audio of the video walk runs simultaneously with the acoustic pereption of the space making you believe the sound from the video is from your reality. A central artitic element in Cardiff/Miller work is the intimate relationship between viewers and the sounds in their immediate vicinity: sound simulates the promximity of a person within whispering ditsance make the experience a hyper-realistic aural perception. Cardiff/Miller and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (curator of dOCUMENTA (13) artist's talk.

On Saturday June 9th we were at a bar in Kassel and heard honking and people waving German's flags which only mean one thing. German past Portuguese in Union of European Football Association Championship game 1 (1-0). Next they will face the Netherlands on June 13th. I'm hoping to get a team jersey of the Germany before I leave.


  1. Love the collage installations expecially the painting a day by Yan Lei. I made a gallery encompassing collage installation last year that you might find interesting - not sure it's quite as classy and glossy as the work your showing her and it's a bit more handmade using photocopiers and coloured card and stuck together with selotape and staples but feel free to give it a look

  2. What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee,
    The image can be seen at who can supply you with a canvas print of it.