ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection at Museum Fridericianum

Bia Davou, Sails, 1981, fabric, Collection National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), installation view, ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection, Fridericianum, Kassel, photo: Nils Klinger

Vlassis Caniaris, Hopscotch, 1974, Installation including six human figures, nine suitcases, metal bird cage, and chalk on tarpaper, Collection National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), installation view, ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection, Fridericianum, Kassel, photo: Mathias Völzke

Janine Antoni, Slumber, 1994, various materials, Collection National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), installation view, ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection, Fridericianum, Kassel, photo: Nils Klinger

Jannis Kounellis, Untitled, 1993, charcoal, sacks, and steel, Collection National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), installation view, ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection, Fridericianum, Kassel, photo: Jasper Kettner

Kendell Geers, Acropolis Redux (The Director’s Cut), 2004, situation, installation view, ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection, Fridericianum, Kassel, photo: Nils Klinger

Mona Hatoum, Fix It, 2004, various materials, installation view, ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection, Fridericianum, Kassel, photo: Nils Klinger

Nikos Navridis, Looking for a Place, 1999, four-channel video projection, Collection National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), installation view, ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection, Fridericianum, Kassel, photo: Nils Klinger

Nikos Tranos, A Glacier at Our Table, 2013, glazed clay and wood, Collection National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), installation view, ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection, Fridericianum, Kassel, photo: Nils Klinger

Stelios Faitakis, Fortunately absurdity is lost (but they have hoped for much more), 2014, acrylic on MDF, Collection National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), installation view, ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection, Fridericianum, Kassel, photo: Nils Klinger

Alexis Akrithakis, Nikos Alexiou, Dimitris Alithinos, Stephen Antonakos, Janine Antoni, Eugenia Apostolou, Athanasios Argianas, Manolis Baboussis, Bertille Bak, Lynda Benglis, Chronis Botsoglou, Yiannis Bouteas, Andrea Bowers, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Constantin Byzantios, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Vlassis Caniaris, Chryssa, Bia Davou, Pavlos (Dionysopoulos), George Drivas, Eirene Efstathiou, Haris Epaminonda, Köken Ergun, Jan Fabre, Stelios Faitakis, Carlos Garaicoa, Kendell Geers, George Hadjimichalis, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Mona Hatoum, Gary Hill, Emily Jacir, Gülsün Karamustafa, Nikos Kessanlis, Kimsooja, Panos Kokkinias, Joseph Kosuth, Dimosthenis Kokkinidis, Jannis Kounellis, Piotr Kowalski, George Lappas, Yorgos Lazongas, Ange Leccia, Stathis Logothetis, Maria Loizidou, Andreas Lolis, Danny Matthys, Yiannis Michas, Nikos Navridis, Danil (Panagopoulos), Nina Papaconstantinou, Maria Papadimitriou, Aimilia Papaphilippou, Ilias Papailiakis, Rena Papaspyrou, Nausika Pastra, Jannis Psychopedis, Alexandros Psychoulis, Walid Raad, Oliver Ressler, Lucas Samaras, Yorgos Sapountzis, Allan Sekula, Vassilis Skylakos, Christiana Soulou, Aspa Stasinopoulou, Takis, Theodoros, Sculptor, Thanassis Totsikas, Nikos Tranos, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Costas Tsoclis, Dimitris Tzamouranis, Costas Varotsos, Kostis Velonis, Bill Viola, Vangelis Vlahos, Pantelis Xagoraris, Georgios Xenos

Fridericianum, Kassel


ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection at Museum Fridericianum, part of documenta 14, marks the first extensive presentation of the collection of the EMST–National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens. A mutually decided double displacement renders EMST’s new home, the renovated building of the former Fix brewery, one of the main venues of documenta 14 in Athens; in Kassel the Fridericianum, traditionally the centerpiece of documenta, as the temporary home of EMST’s collection. With this collaboration, documenta 14 and EMST strengthen each other’s public engagement, captured in the working title Learning from Athens as well as in the museum’s annual exhibition series, initiated in 2016, entitled EMST in the World. This exchange allows both institutions to discover more about their diverse missions and common goals, and to strengthen their links to showcase the social role of art and its capacity to denounce, to transform, and also to heal our traumatized world.

EMST’s collection includes more than 1,100 works from the 1960s onward. The exhibition at the Fridericianum is an adapted version of an extensive museological study which will be implemented in full at the official opening of EMST. The exhibition deals with issues of border crossings, diasporas, cultural exchange, existential quests, and mythologies, as well as personal and collective memories. While maintaining its international scope, the exhibition emphasizes the presence of pioneering Greek artists, highlighting and revisiting their national and international journeys.

ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection presents a selection of the EMST’s permanent collection in the Fridericianum, the birthplace of documenta and the first public museum in Europe. It negotiates concepts such as sharing, offering Antidoron (αντίδωρον, literally the return of a gift) or Antidanion (αντιδάνειo, the return of a loan either linguistic, cultural, or nancial). The prefix “anti” reveals a distinct position and consequently a view, not necessarily opposed to, but departing from a different point in order to communicate, to argue, to bridge, to converge, and to accept each others’ stances.

The title embodies the mutual respect of both institutions, independently of their diverse commitments, to discourse and to reinterpreting essential issues and visual language. The Fridericianum’s brief tenure as Germany’s first parliamentary building makes it the most appropriate venue in which to show the works of several artists related to the troubled post-war era, the dictatorship in Greece, and the years after. Additionally, this exhibition follows the path of contemporary art internationally, examining its relationship with artists, in Greece and abroad, who kept in line with the principles and the values of classical Greek civilization and philosophy.

Further and foremost, it attempts to reveal the complexity of the social, political, nancial, and environmental situation, and the need for a new humanism.

EMST wishes to thank, sincerely and warmly, Adam Szymczyk, whose choice to learn from Athens led to an important cooperation, and drove us to learn a lot from Kassel. This significant collaboration came at a moment when the museum embarked on a new journey, EMST in the World. Without the substantial contribution of documenta 14 and support of its exceptional team, our journey from Athens to Kassel would not have been realized.

—Katerina Koskina
Director of EMST


Contributors

Curator:
Katerina Koskina

Assistant Curators:
Tina Pandi, Stamatis Schizakis

Museological Study:
Katerina Koskina

Architectural Design:
Iro Nikolakea

Art Handlers:
Fotini Alexopoulou, Konstantinos Stoupathis, Dimitris Selimis

Communication, Press Office ΕΜST:
Kassiani Benou, Despoina Barabouti

Administrative Council’s and Director’s Office ΕΜST:
Helena Andreou, Despoina Konstantinidou, Anna Mikoniati

Registrar:
Stamatis Schizakis

Wall Texts:
Katerina Koskina, Tina Pandi, Stamatis Schizakis

Venue Coordinator:
Eric Pries

Technical Team documenta 14:
Tim O’Loghlin, Robert Gabriel, Georg Scherlin, René Nossem, Leonard Bahro, Arthur Seefried, Jens Redemann, Tibor Dießner, Felix Rouaud, Carsten Kruse, Stefan Feige, Juri Neumann, Heinrich Schröder, Jacob Höfle, Stefan Küchenmeister, Torben Röse, Bernd Schlake, Jürgen Zähringer, René Wagner, Miron Jakupovic, Trinidad Martinez Toca, Daniel Goffin, Chris Bierl, Johannes Maas, Alexander Poliček, Michael Zimmermann, Natalie Obert, Rick Buckley, Michael Pfänder, Kai Bannert, Leonie Samland, Maja Rinck, Rika Pause, Paulina Pote, Paul Holger, Frank Rohde

Artists’ Assistants:
Mikes Pope (Jan Fabre), Damiano Urbani (Jannis Kounellis)

Administrative and Financial Services EMST:
Konstantinos Kontogiannis, Despoina Pagoni, Christos Prantalos, Odysseas Stergiou

Exhibition Signage:
Mevis & Van Deursen

Posted in Notes on 06.28.2017
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