Similarities and differences from documenta 1 to 13
Gepubliceerd op: 1 March 2012
Continuity and Change
Last year, at the invitation of Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, director of this year's documenta in Kassel, Germany, the artistic directors of documenta 6 to 12 gathered in Turin, reflecting on their former shows. After the differences between their concepts had become patently obvious, a listener asked about possible similarities. An awkward silence ensued. Evidently there were none.
Of course there were plenty of similarities between the different documentas, but clearly the panel wasn't fit to respond to a question requiring a more distanced view. Since the twelve shows staged from 1955 to 2007 bear more similarities than the panel was aware of, I'm going to list ten of these correspondences.