Documenta selects 113 artists for art expo

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13 June 2007, Kassel, Germany (dpa) - Documenta, the show of contemporary art held every five years in Germany, released its list of 113 chosen artists Wednesday, just three days before the exhibition opens. Underlining the Documenta's bid to wean itself from the commercial art market, most of the names are little known and some of the chosen artists are already dead. Five of the living artists spoke at a huge news conference attended by 2,700 media people in the central German city of Kassel. Palestinian

13 June 2007

Kassel, Germany (dpa) - Documenta, the show of contemporary art held every five years in Germany, released its list of 113 chosen artists Wednesday, just three days before the exhibition opens.

Underlining the Documenta's bid to wean itself from the commercial art market, most of the names are little known and some of the chosen artists are already dead.

Five of the living artists spoke at a huge news conference attended by 2,700 media people in the central German city of Kassel.

Palestinian artist Ahlam Shibli told them that her theme was having a homeland: she creates her works in a refugee camp in Jordan. Other artists created on-the-spot works in spaces allocated to them in Kassel.

US conceptual artist Mary Kelly described how she had a shock when first shown her space: it was painted all shocking pink. But she accepted the conditions and developed a work involving pictures of babies.

African artist Romuald Hazoume was to show sculptures composed of old petrol tins and watering cans.

In all, Documenta will show about 500 works of art in four museum buildings in Kassel, a low-income city north of Frankfurt which has evolved into a centre of the arts world since the first Documenta in 1955.

Roger Buergel, artistic director, said he was declaring a table at the elBulli restaurant on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain as an additional venue. Documenta has chosen two guests to dine there daily till September.

The restaurant chef, Ferran Adria, has been declared one the participating artists.

Buergel brushed off criticism that few people could experience the Documenta meals, saying he had exercised "old-fashioned curatorial arbitrariness" in the selection.

More than 650,000 people are expected to visit Kassel for Documenta, which coincides with the Biennale in Venice. Curator Ruth Noack said the show would change continuously, "so it is worth coming several times."

DPA

Subject: German news

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