Here is another review of the EMST show, by M.L. Kappa, another art blogger who has written some lovely art reviews on her blog Letters from Athens. She has much better photos too! It’s an alternative view, but we seem to have both really liked the ‘Quipu Womb’ piece in the show. It goes to prove that although contemporary art can by trying, some artists nevertheless manage just fine to use the contemporary language of art to create powerful pieces that speak to many people. Ok, 2 people isn’t many, but generally I get the feeling that this was one of the most impressive pieces in the show.
In a surprising move, Adam Szymczyk, Documenta’s Artistic Director, transplanted half this year’s exhibition to Athens, where it is sprawled over 40 venues, showing 160-odd artists, with the working title ‘Learning from Athens’. Documenta is an exhibition of contemporary art which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. It was founded by artist, teacher and curator Arnold Bode in 1955, in an attempt to bring Germany up to speed with modern art.
Here in Athens, the heart of the exhibition resides in the large available spaces—the Athens School of Fine Arts, Benaki Museum Pireos Street Annexe, the former Athens Conservatoire, and the EMST Contemporary Art Museum which, due to government mismanagement, has only just opened after years of delays. But the rest of it is spread around the many small galleries about town.
The program also includes a radio station that broadcasts 28 commissioned sound pieces…
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