MADA Talks: Documenta, Münster & Venice Report
Join us for a free public talk by Frances Barrett, Helen Hughes, Tom Nicholson, Camila Marambio, Callum Morton, Spiros Panigirakis and Joel Stern. Convened by Daniel Palmer.
Three major exhibitions of contemporary art coincided in Europe in 2017: Documenta, Skulptur Projekte Münster and the Venice Biennale. Together, these exhibitions are among the most influential in defining contemporary art – involving hundreds of artists and attended by tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world. The mega-exhibition Documenta is held every five years in Kassel, Germany, but the fourteenth edition this year was physically, and controversially, split between Kassel and Athens in line with artistic director Adam Szymczyk's theme ‘Learning from Athens’. Skulptur Projekte Münster has been held every ten years in the Northern German city of Münster since 1977, driven by founding artistic director Kasper König's vision to explore site specific works in urban public space, ranging from permanent sculpture to temporary performances. The 57th Venice Biennale, curated by Christine Macel under the theme 'Viva Art Viva’, was accompanied, as usual, by a series of 85 national pavilions not to mention various offsite projects.
Join a group of Monash Fine Art staff and postgraduate students from the curatorial practice program as they share their experiences of the three events, attempt to unravel complex curatorial ambitions and explore some of the key artworks.