documenta 13

Documenta 13’s Unrealized Projects

"Unbuilt Roads," edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist. (Courtesy Hatje Cantz Publishers)

Documenta has a really nice¬†history of attracting projects from artists that turn out to be too unwieldy or costly to realize, some of which are almost certainly designed to fail, like Alina Szapocznikow’s plan to make a double-sized Rolls Royce out of marble for the 1972 edition of the show. (The organizers told her they didn’t have the money and Rolls Royce politely declined sponsoring the sculpture, which she termed ‚Äúcompletely useless, and a reflection of the god of supreme luxury.” Her correspondence with various people about the project has since been exhibited in various shows.) Read More