July 20, 2012
Documenta in Kassel (Germany) is one of the most important exhibitions for contemporary art in the world. Artist, teacher and curator Arnold Bode founded it in 1955, as part of the Bundesgartenschau (Federal Horticultural Show) in Kassel. It is not unusual that each Documenta has caused controversy. The 2012 edition, dOCUMENTA (13), is no exception. But despite – or maybe precisely because of – the discussions around it, each Documenta is even more successful than the previous one. But what is the reason for the success?
VernissageTV met with Documenta expert Dr. Harald Kimpel on one of the first days of dOCUMENTA (13) in front of the Fridericianum, one of the main exhibition spaces of Documenta. The art historian, author and curator is the authority when it comes to the history of the Documenta in Kassel. We wanted to know: What do you think of the concept of this year’s Documenta? Is Documenta still relevant? What is the future of Documenta? In this conversation with art critic and art historian Dr. Bettina Krogemann, Harald Kimpel talks about the Documenta’s ever expanding concept of art, the uniqueness of this art event, the competition it is facing, and the possible future of this world art show.
The video above is an excerpt. The video interview in full-length is available after the jump. dOCUMENTA (13) runs until September 16, 2012.
dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (Germany). Dr. Bettina Krogemann in conversation with Dr. Harald Kimpel. June 8, 2012.
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Complete interview with Harald Kimpel (in German language with English subtitles, 13:17 min.):
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