Visual Arts in Germany: Exhibitions and Artist Portraits

Documenta 13 – A Record in Pictures

Philipp Boesel; © privatWork of Goshika Macugas; © Philipp Bösel

On 16th September 2012 the Documenta 13 closed its doors after 100 days – and broke all bounds. Artist and photographer, Philipp Bösel, has compiled a portfolio for containing the images that impressed him the most.

Impression of the Documenta; © Philipp BöselThe budget of the Documenta 13 of 24.6 million euros was higher than ever before; with about 200 artists exhibiting their work and 60 venues at four presentation locations – Kassel, along with Alexandria/Cairo, Banff and Kabul – it was furthermore the biggest and most expansive exhibition in the history of exhibiting art. About another 100 theorists and researchers also took part, presenting their ideas and their work – some of which took the form of spontaneous art events: the exhibition’s artistic director was Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and her extended concept of art again and again allowed the borders between art and science, art and nature, art and socio-political involvement to become creatively blurred.

Impression of the Documenta; © Philipp BöselOver 860,000 visitors experienced this spectacularly creative display of art by taking part in almost 10,000 exhibition tours or by doing the exhibition under their own steam over an average of three days. This was 14 per cent more than at the Documenta 12 in 2007 – also a new record. One of these visitors was conceptual artist and photographer, Philipp Bösel, from Cologne, who has been to every Documenta since 1987. He toured the exhibition for and managed to capture impressions that, in his view, will be lasting ones.

Image gallery: “Documenta 13 – A Record in Pictures”; Photo: Philipp BöselTV SymbolTo the image gallery

Photographer and concept artist, Philipp Bösel, born in 1961, gained a Master of Arts degree from the University of London in 1988. He later became an associate lecturer for creative and artistic projects at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne.
Thomas Köster
lives in Cologne and works as cultural and scientific journalist.
Copyright: Goethe-Institut e. V., Internet-Redaktion
October 2012

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