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50 Years of Documenta 1955-2005: Book 1: Archive in Motion Book 2: Diskrete Energies

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In 1955, the first Documenta was held in the provincial town of Kassel, Germany, alongside the National Garden Festival. No one imagined back then that the exhibition, held every five years, would develop into the world's most important forum for contemporary art. Although the name Documenta stands for an all-encompassing vision, each of the 11 exhibitions to date has been unique, with its own aims and atmosphere. The history of Documenta reflects the past half century's diverse artistic and curatorial ...
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2005 Paperback New 3865211461. Flawless copy, brand new, pristine, never opened--TWO (2) VOLUMES. Text in English and German. 30 x 21 cm. Vol. 1 (Archive in Motion: ... documenta-Handbuch/documenta Manual): 416 pp. With 712 ills. (60 col. ). Vol. 2 (Diskrete Energien/Discreet Energies): 240 pp. With 195 ills. Read more Show Less

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In 1955, the first Documenta was held in the provincial town of Kassel, Germany, alongside the National Garden Festival. No one imagined back then that the exhibition, held every five years, would develop into the world's most important forum for contemporary art. Although the name Documenta stands for an all-encompassing vision, each of the 11 exhibitions to date has been unique, with its own aims and atmosphere. The history of Documenta reflects the past half century's diverse artistic and curatorial approaches, philosophies and forms of presentation, as well as a broad array of political and social currents. This two-volume publication looks into that history and the phenomenon of Documenta in several ways. Volume 1 contains a richly illustrated review of 50 years of art in Kassel and the artworks that made history. Volume 2 is devoted more specifically to well-known and less well-known works from 50 years of the Documenta fair. The book contains about 200 works by 75 artists, including Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Joseph Beuys, Christian Boltanski, Marcel Broodthaers, Robert Capa, Stan Douglas, Walker Evans, Fischli & Weiss, Leon Golub, Ulrike Grossarth, Richard Hamilton, Eva Hesse, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Gerhard Richter, Paul Thek, Andy Warhol and Wols.
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  • ISBN-13: 9783865211460
  • Publisher: Steidl/Documenta
  • Publication date: 12/15/2005
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 11.82 (h) x 1.67 (d)

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Eija-Liisa Ahtila was born in 1959 in Hameenlinna, Finland. She started working with audio-visual media in the late 1980s, exploring experimental narrative storytelling techniques, including the connection between short films and commercials, and the possibilities of narration in splitscreens and multiscreen installations. Her films have been successfully screened in over 50 international film festivals and on television, while her installations of the films have been mounted at such venues as Documenta11 and at the Tate Modern in London.

The German-born artist Joseph Beuys, who lived from 1921 to 1986, was a painter, sculptor and performance artist, as well as a professor at the Art Academy in Dusseldorf. One of the most significant and influential artists of the twentieth century, he saw himself as the architect of a revolutionary type of poetry whose language arose from "poor" objects—from a strict reduction to the essential.

Christian Boltanski was born in Paris in 1944. His numerous solo exhibitions include shows at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston. He has shown four times at the Venice Biennale. Boltanski is represented in New York by the Marian Goodman Gallery.

Belgian painter, sculptor, printmaker, draftsman, filmmaker and poet, Marcel Broodthaers was born in Brussels in 1924. With no artistic training, he turned to visual art in 1964 as an ironic gesture, and spent the 11 remaining years before his death in 1976 establishing himself, in more than 70 one-man exhibitions, as an artist of influential attitude andapproach.

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