The city of Kassel was initially skeptical. Would the contemporary art exhibition staged in the city once every five years do well this time, with Kassel sharing the 2017 edition with the Greek capital, Athens? It turned out their worries were unfounded, and even more people have been flocking to see artworks from all over the world than came to previous editions. About 445,000 people have visited the exhibition so far, 17 percent more than at the same time five years ago, organizers say. In 2012, the art show recorded a total of 905,000 visitors by the end of its 100-day run. Read more: Art for Athens: what Documenta left behind The outdoor artworks set up in parks and city squares draw crowds in particular - and they are free. Marta Minujin's huge "Parthenon of Books" is a favorite on the city's central Friederichsplatz Square. On July 29, the exhibition's half-way mark, people will publicly read aloud all night from the once-forbidden books. The steel scaffolding, … [Read more...] about What is drawing crowds to Germany’s documenta art exhibition?
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For years, the Syrian government dominated the local arts scene. Damascus regulated arts education and served as the top buyer of work by many artists. Now, as the country's economy slowly shakes off its socialist constraints, the art market has been effectively privatized - and Western collectors hungry for something new are spending more on Middle Eastern art. Several high-end contemporary art galleries have opened in Damascus in the past five years, and their connections to affluent international collectors and auction houses have opened new and unprecedented channels for Syrian art. This has triggered a major boost in the value of the country's fine art. "Over the past four years, the average price of a medium-sized work has appreciated 400 percent, " said Khaled Samawi, owner and founder of Ayyam Gallery, located on the chic Chile Street in Damascus. "Today, they would sell for between $10,000 and $15,000 apiece." Ayyam is perhaps the most successful of the new galleries … [Read more...] about Contemporary art from Syria finds favor with international buyers
From Hiwa K's "Pipe Hotel," mirroring the situation of homeless refugees in Athens' harbor, to an installation composed of broken parts of boats used by refugees to try to cross over to Europe - political works clearly stand out this year at the Documenta 14. This is certainly supported by the views of the organizers of international art show. "We are living in times of uncertainty. Uncertainty often leads to violence," said curator Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung at a press conference, where he called upon artists to be "defiant." "We believe that we need to unlearn what we appear to know," artistic director Adam Szymczyk added. "Learning must be the guiding principle of this Documenta." What does art have to say about the world's confusion? In times of greedy neoliberalism, growing nationalism, with new wars breaking out and politicians like Trump, Erdogan and Putin elbowing into world politics, not to mention the recurring daily terror attacks worldwide, what are the questions asked … [Read more...] about Documenta art exhibition more political than ever
The show, which has been in the planning stages since summer 2002, quickly became the subject of some seriously heated debate, with politicians yelping that the exhibition with the working title "RAF Myth" would glorify Germany's now disbanded RAF group. Such was the furor, that Klaus Biesenbach, founder and former director of Kunst-Werke, the Berlin Institute of Contemporary Art, withdrew an application for €100,000 ($133,000) worth of state funding. With it went the prospect of realizing this particular project sooner rather than later, but Biesenbach was not about to scratch it from the canvas altogether. Dogged determination Klaus Biesenbach, former director of Berlin's "Kunst-Werke" Biesenbach vowed at the time that he would find another way to generate the €350,000 he needed to stage the show, and although he flew the Kunst-Werke nest a short time ago to continue feathering his career at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he has remained true to his word. … [Read more...] about Internet Auction to Fund Controversial Art Exhibition
It was supposed to be a major highlight for the cultural year ahead, and an important signal in improving ties between Iran and the West. But the planned exhibit "The Tehran Collection - Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in Berlin" has now had to be called off entirely. The president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz) Hermann Parzinger announced earlier that the much-anticipated art show would no longer be taking place. After repeatedly suffering teething problems, the foundation "regrettably had to decide to take this step," Parzinger said, adding that he had no choice but to cancel the intercultural cooperation agreement signed with the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA) after Iran had failed to produce required export permits for artworks intended to be shown in Berlin. The bureaucratic issue as well as other stumbling stones resulted in the art exhibition being delayed once before, with an intended opening date of … [Read more...] about Berlin cancels Iran modern art exhibit after bureaucratic run-ins