documenta 13: Oh my genius, I am differently developed
I visited the documenta yesterday again. This time, I got a ticket and went to three of the most important exhibition sites. The Fridericianum is the most important one – not only because it was one of Europe’s first museums but just because it usually houses the crucial artworks that represent documenta’s main theme. This time, the base floor is basically empty. The only noticeable thing is a fresh breeze in all of the rooms and you can hear an endless repition of the line ‘Till I get it right’ from Tammy Wynettes song by the same name. Time to pause and think about what is wrong there or where one is or what art is… just time to think. The other rooms are mostly filled with rather political and scienific artworks. There are a lot of references to Afghanistan as well as Holocaust. Also, there is this room with all those thought provoking statements. I particularly like the ‘Oh my genius’ one. That’ll be my answer whenever people make fun of me…
The documenta-Halle is usually used for the larger artworks just because it is a huge hall. The most popular artwork is obviously a room filled with 100 paintings by a Chinese artist. On every of the 100 days that the documenta lasts, one of the pictures will be taken to the VW-factory and coloured yellow. In the end, the room will be filled with yellow canvases only. It’s ment to be a protest against censorship.
Finally, I went to the Neue Galerie. I didn’t find it too exciting there. However, there’s a point where you get tired of art… I’ll have to continue on another day and visit the rest of the venues… and probably go to all the other venues again to try and understand more of what is shown there. Good that there are 95 days left.