documenta 14, April 8–September 17, 2017, in Athens, Kassel, and beyond, has reached more people than ever before

documenta 14 is not owned by anyone in particular. It is shared among its visitors and artists, readers and writers, as well as all those whose work made it happen.


Dimitris Pikionis (1887–1968)

When I first visited the Acropolis in 1959 I found myself walking virtually by accident on the adjacent landscape of Philopappou Hill and there I felt, with surprise, the almost literal movement of the…


Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt

These works traveled the globe, sent as postcards from Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt in the GDR capital of Berlin to Western Europe, the Eastern Bloc, North America, Latin America, Asia, New Caledonia. No rules and…


Voyage of the Sable Venus

by Robin Coste Lewis


What follows is [an excerpt of] a narrative poem comprised solely and entirely of the titles, catalog entries, or exhibit descriptions of Western art objects in which a black female figure…

South Issue #9 [documenta 14 #4]

Piraeus Port as Entry Point of Global Capitalism

with Sandro Mezzadra, Brett Neilson, and Pavlos Hatzopoulos

The Apatride Society of the Political Others invites you to an evening of talks and discussions with Sandro Mezzadra, Brett Neilson and Pavlos Hatzopoulos about the impact of financial capitalism and logistics within the movement of goods and human bodies in the Mediterranean…

New York
New York

The documenta 14 Reader

The main book of documenta 14 takes the form of a Reader, evoking the various meanings associated with the term…


Stavropoulou 15, Amerikis Square

The area near Amerikis Square is a working-class and multicultural neighborhood. Stavropoulou 15 is located on a quiet and pretty street, a typical neoclassical-revival Athenian building built in stone…


Lucius Burckhardt

On view is a small selection from over 800 watercolors, “Landschaftstheoretische Aquarelle,” made by the Swiss Renaissance man Lucius Burckhardt during his decades-long tenure as professor of sociology…

Historical Positions

Kunsthochschule Kassel

Idyllically sited in Kassel’s Auepark, the Kunsthochschule is housed inside a marvel of late modernist architecture designed by Paul Friedrich Posenenske in the 1960s. For some time, the art school has…


Keimena #28: Don Giovanni

Carmelo Bene’s 1971 film Don Giovanni is not an adaptation of a famous Don Juan story. Instead, the film critically investigates the multifaceted legend of the wealthy male sinner who seduces one woman after another. This is a film about Don Juanism…

Public TV

Keeping Score: Notation, Embodiment, and Liveness

by Hendrik Folkerts

To approach a definition: the score is a notational device that connects the material of a ­discipline—ranging from music, dance, and performance to architecture, linguistics, mathematics, physics—and…

South Issue #7 [documenta 14 #2]

Black Athena Reloaded 2: A Trial of the Code Noir

with Colin Dayan, Pélagie Gbaguidi, Tavia Nyong’o, David Scott, and Françoise Vergès

Books are material surfaces of inscription where political fictions have the opportunity to become collective reality. The Code Noir was an economic and legal decree passed by King Louis XIV in 1685 to…


Material Matters Library

The “Material Matters” library is a collection of objects and sounds that have been entrusted to aneducation by documenta 14 artists…

Public Education

The Haunted City

by Peter Friedl

The arcades begin on the left and, through a foreshortened perspective, run almost to the horizon. Ten round arches can be discerned. Above nine of them are rectangular windows; a tenth, located on the…

South Issue #6 [documenta 14 #1]