documenta 14: Palais Bellevue

Artists: Rebecca Belmore, Ross Birrell and David Harding, Agnes Denes, Bonita Ely, Guillermo Galindo, Regina José Galindo, Olaf Holzapfel, Sanja Iveković, Iver Jåks, Lala Meredith-Vula, Rosalind Nashashibi, Christos Papoulias, Dan Peterman, Abel Rodríguez, Roee Rosen, Eva Stefani, Mary Zygouri

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, Palais Bellevue, 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

One of the few historical structures in the center of Kassel to have survived the devastation of World War II relatively unscathed, the Palais Bellevue was built in the early years of the eighteenth century for Landgrave Karl of Hesse-Kassel. It followed plans designed by the Huguenot refugee Paul du Ry, whose grandson Simon Louis du Ry would go on to build the Fridericianum. The Palais Bellevue was originally conceived as an astronomical observatory but soon after was converted into a royal residence: when a fire destroyed the majority of the city’s palace in 1811, it became the seat of Jérôme Bonaparte during his short-lived reign as the King of Westphalia. During this period, the Palais first opened its doors to Kassel’s famous native son Jacob Grimm, who worked as Jérôme’s librarian in the 1810s. After World War II, when the Neue Galerie across the street still lay in ruins, Palais Bellevue became the repository of the city’s art collection. From 1972 until 2014, it housed the Brüder-Grimm-Museum, before ceding that commemorative role to the new Grimmwelt Kassel.

Memories of violent conflict and related questions of territory shape the constellation of works inside the Palais Bellevue, with much of it confronting issues of trauma rooted in various “disasters of war.” Alternately, the palace’s eponymous beautiful view across the sprawling Auepark below, as well as the resident ghosts of two key figures of the Romantic movement, jointly bend the assembly toward an interrogation of landscape as a political project, to nature as culture.

Christos Papoulias, 1966, a Child’s Attic and Other Attics, 2014, Five Architecural models, various materials

Guillermo Galindo, Graphic scores from the series “Exit/έξοδος”, 2016-2017

Guillermo Galindo, Graphic scores from the series “Exit/έξοδος”, 2016-2017

Guillermo Galindo, Graphic scores from the series “Exit/έξοδος”, 2016-2017

Guillermo Galindo, Graphic scores from the series “Exit/έξοδος”, 2016-2017

Dan Peterman, Kassel Ingot Project (Iron), 2017

Olaf Holzapfel, The Valleys (Escartons du Briançon), 2017, Straw and ink wood

Olaf Holzapfel, Across Country , 2017, Straw and ink wood

Olaf Holzapfel, Pyramid, 2017, Straw and ink wood

Frei Otto, Models, 1970s

Frei Otto, Models, 1970s

Frei Otto, Models, 1970s

Frei Otto, Models, 1970s

Frei Otto, Models, 1970s

Frei Otto, Models, 1970s

Abel Rodríguez, Big Fish Trap, 2013, Yaré fiber

Iver Jåks, Myggen (Mosquito, 2000), Wood, rope, and wire

Iver Jåks, Myte (Myth, 1998), Wood, rope, and tree root

Laia Meredith Vula, From the series “Haystacks”, 1989-ongoing, Giclée photogrphic print from scanned 35mm negative

Abel Rodríguez, Selected drawing from the series “Drawings of Various Species of Yuccas”, ca. 2013

Abel Rodríguez, Selected drawing from the series “Drawings of Various Species of Yuccas”, ca. 2013

Rosalind Nashashibi, Dust, 2017, Oil on canvas

Rosalind Nashashibi, Winter, 2017, Oil on canvas

Rosalind Nashashibi, Winter, 2017, Oil on canvas

Rosalind Nashashibi, Winter, 2017, Oil on canvas

Rosalind Nashashibi, Untitled, 2017, Six gouaches

Rosalind Nashashibi, Untitled, 2017, Six gouaches

Rosalind Nashashibi, Paintings, 2017, Oil on canvas

Rosalind Nashashibi, In Vivian’s Garden, 2016, Oil on canvas

Rosalind Nashashibi, An Audience with the King, 2017, Oil on canvas

Rosalind Nashashibi, Carnation, 2017, Oil on canvas

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