Fridericianum

Fridericianum, photo: Mathias Völzke

The exhibition at the Fridericianum marks the first time the collection of Greece’s National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) is presented in Germany, through a double displacement that renders EMST’s home, the renovated building of the former Fix brewery in Athens, one of the main venues of documenta 14, and the Fridericianum, traditionally the centerpiece of a documenta exhibition, the temporary home of EMST’s collection. With this collaboration, documenta 14 and EMST strengthen each other’s public engagement, captured in documenta 14’s working title Learning from Athens as well as in the museum’s new annual exhibition series, entitled “EMST in the World.”

EMST began creating its collection in 2000. Its holdings now include more than 1,100 works by Greek and international artists from the 1960s onward. The exhibition at the Fridericianum is an adapted version of the museological study of the EMST collection by the director Katerina Koskina to be inaugurated in Athens in 2017, with the curatorial assistance of Tina Pandi and Stamatis Schizakis, the architectural design of Iro Nikolakea, and the support of all the EMST staff. The artworks that travel to Kassel comment on the complex reality in Greece today and highlight the parallel and international journeys of pioneering Greek artists.

In their transcultural decussation, documenta 14 and EMST engage border crossings, diasporas, and personal and collective memories—including issues of repatriation, or αντιδάνεια (the return of loans)—in a manifestation of the two institutions’ joint commitment to preserving and reinterpreting cultural icons and important artworks. The presentation considers the EMST collection vis-à-vis the history of the Fridericianum, the birthplace of documenta and the first public museum on mainland Europe, offering new histories while challenging prevalent ones. The Fridericianum’s brief tenure as a house of parliament serves as an important connection to the ways some artists represented in the EMST collection have dealt with the difficulty of sustaining democracy during the postwar transformation of Greek and European society, including the years of military dictatorship.

During documenta 14, the Fridericianum’s rotunda hosts the Parliament of Bodies, the exhibition’s Public Programs, ramifying the site’s short term as a house of parliament in the early nineteenth century as it operates as a critical device, queering the ruins of democratic institutions as well as the traditional forms of educational and public programming.

In addition, in the basement of the Fridericianum (via an entrance on Friedrichsplatz), Ben Russell’s sound piece announces shift times for the mineworkers in Suriname and Serbia portrayed in his video installation—thus marking additional temporal and spatial displacements.

Posted in Public Exhibition

Upcoming Events

AUG
19
by Stefanos Tsivopoulos
Performance
10 am–1 pm, Fridericianum, Kassel
AUG
21
by Stefanos Tsivopoulos
Performance
2:30–5:30 pm, Fridericianum, Kassel
The Parliament of Bodies
by Colin Dayan
Film screening
8–10 pm, Fridericianum, Kassel
AUG
22
by Stefanos Tsivopoulos
Performance
4:30–7:30 pm, Fridericianum, Kassel
AUG
23
by Stefanos Tsivopoulos
Performance
4:30–7:30 pm, Fridericianum, Kassel
The Parliament of Bodies
with Nana Adusei-Poku
8–10 pm, Fridericianum, Kassel
AUG
24
by Stefanos Tsivopoulos
Performance
4:30–6:30 pm, Fridericianum, Kassel
The Parliament of Bodies
by Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Fabio Stefano Berardi, and Dim Sampaio
Performance | Live stream available on August 24
8–9 pm, Fridericianum, Kassel
AUG
25
by Stefanos Tsivopoulos
Performance
12:30–3:30 pm, Fridericianum, Kassel
The Parliament of Bodies
by Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Fabio Stefano Berardi, and Dim Sampaio
Performance | Live stream available on August 24
8–9 pm, Fridericianum, Kassel
AUG
26
by Stefanos Tsivopoulos
Performance
10 am–1 pm, Fridericianum, Kassel
The Parliament of Bodies
by Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Fabio Stefano Berardi, and Dim Sampaio
Performance | Live stream available on August 24
8–9 pm, Fridericianum, Kassel
AUG
28
by Stefanos Tsivopoulos
Performance
2:30–5:30 pm, Fridericianum, Kassel
AUG
29
by Stefanos Tsivopoulos
Performance
4:30–7:30 pm, Fridericianum, Kassel
The Society of Friends of Lorenza Böttner
with Shu Lea Cheang
Film screening and discussion
8–10 pm, Fridericianum, Kassel
AUG
30
by Stefanos Tsivopoulos
Performance
4:30–7:30 pm, Fridericianum, Kassel
with Skevos Papaioannou, Geert Platner, Erika Wittlinger, and other members of the Initiative Group
Reading
7–8 pm, Fridericianum, Kassel
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