September 4, 2017 CYLAND MediaArtLab organized an open discussion around documenta, an exhibition of contemporary art which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. The event took place at the Sergey Kuryokhin Center for Modern Art (Ligovsky 73, St. Petersburg).
The conversation was held between Olesya Turkina, Ph. D., critic and curator, Senior Research Fellow at the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Head of MA Program in Curatorial Studies and Associate Professor on the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, and Peter Belyi, artist, curator and lecturer. with participation from general public.
Considered as the most important exhibition of contemporary art, documenta was founded by artist, teacher and curator Arnold Bode in 1955 as part of the Bundesgartenschau (Federal Horticultural Show) which took place in Kassel at that time, and was an attempt to bring Germany up to speed with modern art, both banishing and repressing the cultural darkness of Nazism. This first documenta featured many artists who are generally considered to have had a significant influence on modern art (such as Picasso and Kandinsky). The more recent documentas feature art from all continents; nonetheless most of it is site-specific.
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