documenta 14: Naturkundemuseum im Ottoneum and Leder Meid Apartment

Artists: Akinbode Akinbiyi, Ariuntugs Tserenpil, Nomin Bold, Beatriz González, Dale Harding, Keviselie (Hans Ragnar Mathisen), Abel Rodríguez, Khvay Samnang, Rosalind Nashashibi, Apostolos Georgiou

Exhibition title: documenta 14: Learning from Athens

Artistic Director: Adam Szymczyk

Curated by: Adam Szymczyk, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Pierre Bal-Blanc, Hendrik Folkerts, Candice Hopkins, Hila Peleg, Dieter Roelstraete, Monika Szewczyk

Venue: documenta 14, Naturkundemuseum im Ottoneum, Leder Meid Apartment, Kassel, Germany

Date: June 10 – September 17, 2017

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and documenta 14, all photos by Art Viewer

documenta 14: Naturkundemuseum im Ottoneum

After its partial destruction during World War II, the Ottoneum performed a remarkable shift: from a theater—arguably the first theater building in Germany, constructed in the early seventeenth century—to its current status as Kassel’s natural history museum. In an attempt to reconcile the two, many of the artworks featured on the Ottoneum’s ground floor deal with the theater of land. From issues around cartography and accessing Indigenous history to reflections on landscape and the urban-rural relationship, the presentation by documenta 14 advances the question of how land rights and the politics of land become the stage—at times quite literally—for larger geopolitical and historical questions.

Beatriz González, Historias Wiwa I, 2015, Wallpaper

Beatriz González, Historias Wiwa I, 2015, Wallpaper

Abel Rodríguez, Selected drawing from the series “Annual Cycle of the Flooded Rainforest”, 2009, Ink, graphite, and watercolor on paper

Abel Rodríguez, Selected drawing from the series “Annual Cycle of the Flooded Rainforest”, 2009, Ink, graphite, and watercolor on paper

Akinbode Akinbiyi, Passageways, Involuntary Narratives, and the Sound of Crowded Spaces, 2015-2017, Forty-eight black-and-white inkjet prints

Akinbode Akinbiyi, Passageways, Involuntary Narratives, and the Sound of Crowded Spaces, 2015-2017, Forty-eight black-and-white inkjet prints

Akinbode Akinbiyi, Passageways, Involuntary Narratives, and the Sound of Crowded Spaces, 2015-2017, Forty-eight black-and-white inkjet prints

Khvay Samnang, Preah Kunlong, 2017, Three-channel video installation, color, sound, 25min.

Khvay Samnang, Preah Kunlong, 2017, Three-channel video installation, color, sound, 25min.

Dale Harding, Composite Wall Panel: Reckitt’s Blue, 2017, Three silkscreened prints with mural

Dale Harding, Composite Wall Panel: Reckitt’s Blue, 2017, Three silkscreened prints with mural

Dale Harding, Composite Wall Panel: Reckitt’s Blue, 2017, Three silkscreened prints with mural

Nomin Bold, Green Palace, 2017, Acrylic on canvas

Nomin Bold, Green Palace, 2017, Acrylic on canvas

Nomin Bold, One Day of Mongolia, 2017, Acrylic on canvas

Nomin Bold, One Day of Mongolia, 2017, Acrylic on canvas

Ariuntugs Tserenpil, Act, 2013, Digital video, color, sound, 3:25min.

Rosalind, Nashashibi, Vivian’s Garden, 2017, Digital video transferred from 16mm film, color, sound, 30min.

Rosalind, Nashashibi, Vivian’s Garden, 2017, Digital video transferred from 16mm film, color, sound, 30min.

 

documenta 14: Leder Meid Apartment

Accessed from a different entrance as the Press and Information Center in the same building, the third floor of Leder Meid, in the former apartment of the factory owners, presents a number of paintings by Apostolos Georgiou that address private rituals of domesticity and middle class defeat.

Apostolos Georgiou, Untitled, 2016, Acrylic on canvas

Apostolos Georgiou, Untitled, 2015, Acrylic on canvas

Apostolos Georgiou, Untitled, 2016, Acrylic on canvas

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