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Documenta 13 Draws 860,000 Visitors, Record Number

A clock by Anri Sala at Documenta 13. (Courtesy yellow book/Flickr)

The 13th edition of Documenta, the epic 100-day art exhibition held every five years throughout the museums, buildings and public spaces of Kassel, Germany, closed on Sunday, and organizers announced that it had attracted a total of 860,000 visitors, the highest number ever achieved by the show. The previous record holder had been 2007’s Documenta 12, which saw 754,301 visitors. Attendance has increased with each show. Read More

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Documenta Sees Booming Ticket Sales

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AMA reports that the 13th edition of Documenta in Kassel, Germany, has already sold 10,000 season tickets.

This number is up from the last edition, five years ago, which saw only 5,901 season tickets sold. It’s impossible to say if this means that the event has been more popular this year, but, AMA notes, Brad Pitt did visit this time around. Read More

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I Did Documenta in a Day

Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel 2012 (Courtesy Nils Klinger)

If you were wondering whether or not Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, curator of the 13th edition of the quinquennial art exhibition Documenta, is ambitious, here is all you need to know: she wanted to bring the world’s second-largest meteorite, a 37-ton rock called El Chaco, from Argentina to Kassel, Germany, and park it in front of the Fridericianum, Documenta’s main venue. The project was proposed by the artists Guillermo Faivovich and Nicolas Goldberg. Ms. Christov-Bakargiev wasn’t able to do this—it wasn’t a budget thing, she ran into opposition from members of the Moqoit people of northern Argentina—but she takes care, in her catalog essay to inform you that, had she been able to, “it probably would have been the heaviest single object to have ever in history been transported by humans.” As a curator, she’s into heavy lifting. There are 166 artists in her Documenta, and their artworks are spread over 32 venues throughout the city of Kassel. I tried to see all of them in five hours. Read More

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Documenta About Twice as Popular as Venice Biennale

Kassel is king. (Courtesy compujeremy/Flickr)

Though Kassel, Germany, is not quite as glamorous as Venice, it turns out that the most recent edition of the international art exhibition that it hosts ever five years, Documenta, had about twice as many visitors as the most recent Venice Biennale. According to published reports, Documenta 12, in 2007, attracted about 750,000 people, while the most recent Venice Biennale, in 2011, attracted 375,000 visitors. Read More