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7000 Eichen — documenta. (7000 Oaks — documenta.)

Aspects of an Exhibition of Contemporary Art in German Books

From a ‘dilettantish project’ to the most important modern art exhibition series in the world: Every five years, documenta turns the Hessian city of Kassel into an epicentre of modern art. From the first documenta in 1955 to the documenta of 2017, visitor numbers rose steadily to over one million. Different curator teams and concepts guarantee a lively, international view of contemporary art and social dialogue.

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Arnold Bode

Arnold Bode

Künstler und Visionär - Begründer der documenta - eine Biografie (Artist and Visionary — Founder of the documenta. A Biography)

Arnold Bode — known as the man who initiated the documenta; less well known for his private life or his...

Arnold Bode — known as the man who initiated the documenta; less well known for his private life or his work as an artist and designer, as an interior architect and urban planning visionary — studied art in Kassel; 1930, seminar for handicraft teachers in Berlin; banned by the Nazis from practising his profession; 1947, co-founder of the Werkakademie. His life thereafter was shaped by the documenta. Sylvia Stöbe has compiled the memories of family members and contemporary witnesses for this biography.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-933617-88-0
Author:
Sylvia Stöbe
Pages:
120
Price:
€ 17.50
Werner Haftmann

Werner Haftmann

Das antwortende Gegenbild. Ausgewählte Texte 1947-1990 (Responsive Countermodel. Selected Texts 1947—1990)

As director of the New National Gallery in Berlin, Werner Haftmann's most important task was to rebuild a collection of...

As director of the New National Gallery in Berlin, Werner Haftmann's most important task was to rebuild a collection of modern art after its suppression under the Nazi regime. In 1955, 1959 and 1964 he was director of the documenta. This book contains speeches and essays in which Haftmann explores the relationship between society and the role of the artist. In the second part,

Haftmann looks at the modern art of fellowtravellers such as Paul Klee, Georges Braques and Max Beckmann.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-7774-5761-1
Author:
Evelyn Haftmann, Dorian Wouter Wirth
Pages:
335
Price:
€ 24.90
documenta siebenhaar

documenta

A Brief History of an Exhibition and Its Contexts

This book provides an overview of the world's most important temporary exhibition of contemporary art. The documenta shows all important...

This book provides an overview of the world's most important temporary exhibition of contemporary art. The documenta shows all important art styles and aesthetic innovations. The documenta’s more than 60 years of history correspond to the story of spaces – social, political, cultural and communal spaces. That history also helps elucidate the history of curating and the development of art education.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-943132-64-9
Author:
Klaus Siebenhaar
Pages:
176
Price:
€ 18.00
Meilensteine. Die documenta

Meilensteine (Milestones)

Die documenta 1—14. Kunstwerke und Künstler (The documenta 1—14. Art Works and Artists)

Using text and images, this book presents 70 works from the history of the documenta, which became milestones of art...

Using text and images, this book presents 70 works from the history of the documenta, which became milestones of art in the second half of the 20th century and the early 21st century. The author conveys the most important characteristics of the selected art works and traces the profiles of outstanding artistic personalities in their time. In addition, information about the people who ran the exhibitions and their concepts provides insights into the documenta as an institution.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-943132-63-2
Author:
Dirk Schwarze
Price:
€ 238.00 $ 20.00
Positionen zu Architektur documenta

Positionen zu Architektur und Städtebau der documenta-Ausstellungen

(Positions on Architecture and Urban Development in the documenta Exhibitions)

Architecture and urban planning have always been a theme at the documenta, ever since the first exhibition in 1955. This...

Architecture and urban planning have always been a theme at the documenta, ever since the first exhibition in 1955. This book examines the documenta exhibitions from 1955 to the present day, in this context. Some 27 positions on architecture and urban development are discussed and reflected upon as examples, in the context of the respective curatorial stances taken at the exhibitions. These investigations are complemented by interviews with various documenta stakeholders.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-7376-5071-7
Author:
Alexander Söder
Pages:
588
Price:
€ 59.00
documenta Politik und Kunst

documenta. Politik und Kunst (documenta. Politics and Art)

This publication places the history of the documenta in the context of Federal Germany’s political, cultural and socio-historical development over...

This publication places the history of the documenta in the context of Federal Germany’s political, cultural and socio-historical development over the second half of the 20th century. From 1955, the documenta provided insights into contemporary artistic trends and Zeitgeist, in a process that repeatedly re-negotiated West Germany’s self-image. Progressive and regressive political tendencies stood side by side from the very beginning.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-7913-7919-7
Author:
Raphael Gross, Lars Bang Larsen, Dorlis Blume et al.
Pages:
327
Price:
€ 36.00
Der Raum der documenta

Der Raum der documenta. Eine kunstwissenschaftliche Untersuchung des Szenografischen der politischen und gesellschaftlichen Öffnung der Kunstausstellung am Beispiel der documenta 1987 und 2002

(The documenta Space. An Art Historical Investigation of the Scenography of the Political and Social Opening of Art Exhibitions, Using the Example of the documenta 1987 and 2002

Documenta 8 in 1987 marks the last time the Fridericianum was used as the central building. For the first time,...

Documenta 8 in 1987 marks the last time the Fridericianum was used as the central building. For the first time, art was presented within an exhibition of architecture that held equal status. The architect as artist in the midst of an exhibition of visual art. Documenta 11 in 2002 was decentralised. This art historical investigation of the scenography, based on the examples of the 1987 and 2002 documentas, reconstructs the space used for the exhibitions.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-7376-0802-2
Author:
Simon Großpietsch
Pages:
336
Price:
€ 29.00
documenta 1955

documenta 1955. Ein wissenschaftliches Lesebuch

(documenta 1955. A Scientific Reader)

The documenta of 1955 is still considered a milestone in exhibition history. For 65 days in the Museum Fridericianum, Arnold...

The documenta of 1955 is still considered a milestone in exhibition history. For 65 days in the Museum Fridericianum, Arnold Bode, Werner Haftmann and their team of curators presented paintings, graphic art, sculpture and architectural photography by 148 artists. More than 134,000 visitors viewed an exhibition that is still staged every five years, with a changing concept. This book brings together key contemporary texts and archival material on the subject.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-7376-0556-4
Author:
Simon Großpietsch, Kai-Uwe Hemken
Pages:
335
Price:
€ 29.00
Die documenta-Foundation

Die documenta-Foundation — Ein Modell der Kulturfinanzierung (The documenta Foundation — a Model for Arts Founding)

Kulturdezernat Kassel, Bibliothek Staatliche Museen Kassel (Eds. / Hrsg.)

The purpose of the documenta Foundation – founded in 1964 – was to replicate works of art donated by participants...

The purpose of the documenta Foundation – founded in 1964 – was to replicate works of art donated by participants in the documenta, as a means of raising additional funds. Around 90 works by internationally renowned artists were sold at documenta 3 and documenta 4. Until the 1970s, the proceeds from these sales facilitated important areas of the documenta. This book explains the Foundation's impact, it illustrates the replicas and reconstructs a successful model of cultural financing.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-89445-302-2
Author:
Kulturdezernat Kassel
Pages:
120
Price:
€ 15.00
Exposition documenta

Ex-Position. Gesellschaftspolitische Bezüge der Kunst am Beispiel der documenta 11

(Ex-Position. Socio-Political Relevance of Art, Taking the Example of documenta 11)

In 2002, documenta 11 took up the challenge of expanding its one-sided, Western and linear approach to art history, to...

In 2002, documenta 11 took up the challenge of expanding its one-sided, Western and linear approach to art history, to include long-neglected artistic positions from all around the world. This was presented as a multidisciplinary concept. Drawing on a number of the artistic strategies, this book shows the extent to which the artistic confrontations with real problems are related to

globalisation.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-639-32167-8
Author:
Ingeborg Rauss
Pages:
125
Price:
€ 59.00
Bauhaus / Documenta

Bauhaus / documenta: Vision und Marke / Blick auf die documenta 14 / Fotoklasse Bernhard Prinz

(Bauhaus / documenta: Vision and Brand / View of documenta 14 / Photography Class Bernhard Prinz)

Bauhaus and documenta are two globally successful cultural brands that stand for a cosmopolitan, innovative and modern Germany. Both were...

Bauhaus and documenta are two globally successful cultural brands that stand for a cosmopolitan, innovative and modern Germany. Both were created against the backdrop of schisms in civilisation, and both exemplify the idea of the emancipatory power of art and culture. This appraisal reveals their similarities and their differences, which sometimes complement each other: on the one hand mass-produced items and everyday life; on the other, encounters with unique works of art.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-95905-300-6
Author:
Birgit Jooss, Philipp Oswalt, Daniel Tyradellis
Pages:
304
Price:
€ 32.00
Fritz Winter documenta

Fritz Winter: documenta-Künstler der ersten Stunde (Fritz Winter: documenta Artist of the First Hour)

Fritz Winter, one of Germany’s most important abstract painters, founded the ZEN 49 group with Rupprecht Geiger, Willi Baumeister and...

Fritz Winter, one of Germany’s most important abstract painters, founded the ZEN 49 group with Rupprecht Geiger, Willi Baumeister and others. His contributions to the first three documenta exhibitions made him a figurehead in the postwar abstract art scene. This book’s numerous illustrations and texts highlight Winter's position in the post-war abstract art scene, as well as his central importance for the early documenta history.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-943616-75-0
Author:
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Fritz-Winter-Stiftung, Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel (Eds. / Hrsg.)
Pages:
200
Price:
€ 29.90
Wilhelm Lehmbruck

Wilhelm Lehmbruck

The photograph of Wilhelm Lehmbruck's statue "Kneeling Woman" in the rotunda of the Fridericianum is considered an icon of the...

The photograph of Wilhelm Lehmbruck's statue "Kneeling Woman" in the rotunda of the Fridericianum is considered an icon of the first staging of the documenta in 1955. Among German artists, Lehmbruck was one of the first to use materials that were innovative at the time, such as terracotta, cast stone or cement, and stucco, in addition to traditional materials like bronze and marble. This book makes it possible for the first time to directly compare the varying forms of his most important sculptures.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-95498-428-2
Author:
Kulturstiftung der Länder, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (Eds. / Hrsg.)
Pages:
220
Price:
€ 38.00
David Hockney

David Hockney. Eine Chronologie (David Hockney. A Chronology)

David Hockney was a participant in the 1968 documenta. The topic of homosexuality became visible there for the first time,...

David Hockney was a participant in the 1968 documenta. The topic of homosexuality became visible there for the first time, when one of his homoerotic etchings was given its own page in the exhibition catalogue. Pop artist, painter of modern life, landscape painter, virtuoso of colour, explorer of images and perception – for six decades Hockney has been finding new ways of exploring the world and new ways of representing it, using, among other things, multi-perspective Polaroid collages and iPad drawings.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-8365-8650-4
Author:
Hans Werner Holzwarth
Pages:
511
Price:
€ 20.00
Luftschlosser

Luftschlosser. Ein Blick auf Haus-Rucker-Co / Post-Haus-Rucker

(Luftschlosser. A Look at Haus-Rucker-Co / Post-Haus-Rucker)

In this book, Zamp Kelp, founding member of the legendary group of Viennese architects and artists, spreads out his cosmos...

In this book, Zamp Kelp, founding member of the legendary group of Viennese architects and artists, spreads out his cosmos of ideas, and questions the contemporary relevance of his performances, objects and architecture. Science fiction stories and biographical notes, alongside essays on architecture, landscape, city, space and virtual reality, create a comprehensive portrait of the visionary architect, utopian and professor who participated in the documentas of 1972, 1977 and 1982.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-95905-327-3
Author:
Ludwig Engel, Zamp Kelp
Pages:
238
Price:
€ 28.00
What is Gilbert & George?

What Is Gilbert & George?

Gilbert & George were represented at documentas 5, 6 and 7. In their performances, they appear wearing suits in traditional...

Gilbert & George were represented at documentas 5, 6 and 7. In their performances, they appear wearing suits in traditional British style. In the 1960s, in the harmony of their movements, gestures and language, they expanded the concept of sculpture as "Living Sculpture". Since then, they have found ever newer variations for their artistic work, as a means of illuminating the context of social life. This volume, which marks half a century of their partnership, brings the reader closer to the duo.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-1-912122-02-8
Author:
Michael Bracewell
Pages:
128
Price:
€ 14.50
Walter de Maria

Walter De Maria: The 2000 Sculpture

"The 2000 Sculpture" by Walter De Maria is one of the largest indoor floor sculptures in the world. It consists...

"The 2000 Sculpture" by Walter De Maria is one of the largest indoor floor sculptures in the world. It consists of 2,000 pieces of white plaster, all the same size but with different numbers of edges. This feature results in a constantly changing overall view of the work when the pieces are placed on the floor in a specific pattern. The surrounding space, the changing light conditions throughout the day, and the respective viewpoint of the observer underscore these changes.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-03942-060-5
Author:
Kunsthaus Zürich (Ed. / Hg.)
Pages:
72
Price:
€ 25.00
Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys: Periphery Workshop documenta 6, 24—30 June 1977

In 1973 Joseph Beuys founded the Free International University with Klaus Staeck, Georg Meistermann and Willi Bongard. This was intended...

In 1973 Joseph Beuys founded the Free International University with Klaus Staeck, Georg Meistermann and Willi Bongard. This was intended to let people develop their creative potential and think through the questions of a social future. At documenta 6, Beuys held 13 workshops within that framework. Visitors could ask the artist questions. Not only did Beuys give spoken answers, he also covered many panels with drawings, diagrams and thoughts. These panels are the basis of this book.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-95829-917-7
Author:
Klaus Staeck, Gerhard Steidl (Eds. / Hrsg.)
Pages:
112
Price:
€ 38.00
Imaging Beuys

Imaging Beuys: Der Fotograf Dieter Schwerdtle (Imaging Beuys: The Photographer Dieter Schwerdtle)

The Kassel-based photographer Dieter Schwerdtle photographed documenta artists such as Richard Serra, Jonathan Borofsky and Ilya Kabakov. Schwerdtle's photos of...

The Kassel-based photographer Dieter Schwerdtle photographed documenta artists such as Richard Serra, Jonathan Borofsky and Ilya Kabakov. Schwerdtle's photos of the "7000 Oaks" project in 1982 have shaped the common image of Beuys to this day. Besides the portraits, there are views of the exhibitions from documentas 5 to 11, with their surprising, sometimes hidden perspectives of actually well-known works that subvert their customary reception.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-3-7757-5098-1
Author:
documenta-Archiv, Birgitta Coers (Eds. / Hrsg.)
Pages:
128
Price:
€ 30.00
Art Happenings

Allan Kaprow and Claes Oldenburg: Art, Happenings, and Cultural Politics

The late 1950s and 1960s saw a series of happenings by the artist duo Allan Kaprow and Claes Oldenburg. The...

The late 1950s and 1960s saw a series of happenings by the artist duo Allan Kaprow and Claes Oldenburg. The author describes the dialogue – at times controversial – between the two about the direction of the happenings and modern art in general. Staged during the tensions of the Cold War and a growing unease with the way society was developing, the happenings found innovative ways to challenge traditional definitions of art.

Publisher:
ISBN:
978-0-300-22260-9
Author:
Robert E. Haywood
Pages:
224
Price:
€ 50.99
Date:
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