Paths, routes, and parcours cross and intertwine, as visitors follow in the footsteps of Annemarie and Lucius Burckhardt (1930–2012; 1925–2003) and their method of strollology. The practice of these two unconventional thinkers affiliated with the Kassel's town and landscape planning has been a point of departure to think about the act of walking. Joining a member of the documenta 14 Chorus, visitors can create their own lines of enquiry, questioning and entering into dialogue as they unravel and unfold documenta 14 together.
Start and end
Shop Friedrichsplatz 18, 34117 Kassel
The exhibition at the Fridericianum in Kassel marks the first presentation of the collection of EMST – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens. EMST is one of the central venues of documenta 14 in Athens. Its relatively new collection (started in 2000) now includes more than 1,100 works of art by Greek and international artists from the 1960s onward. This presentation considers the EMST collection vis-à-vis the history of the Fridericianum—the birthplace of documenta and the first public museum on mainland Europe—offering new histories while challenging prevailing ideas. The result is a commentary on the complex history of modern Greece and a new interpretation of the traditional heart of documenta.
Walk: From Friedrichsplatz to documenta Halle
Shop at documenta-Halle, Du-Ry-Straße 1 / Friedrichsplatz, 34117 Kassel
Du-Ry-Straße 1 / Friedrichsplatz, 34117 Kassel
When inaugurating the building for documenta 9 in 1992, artistic director Jan Hoet compared the documenta Halle to the Acropolis, as a means of fostering pride among the citizens of Kassel about of this recent addition to the city. Now, twenty-five years later, the Parthenon of Books by Marta Minujín stands opposite documenta Halle and serves as a monument against censorship and for the freedom of thought. In the documenta Halle an ensemble of works is on view that deals with various concepts of the score and musical notation and also the act of performance. In this walk, the Chorus takes inspiration from the architectural layout of the building in considering the movements of the body, walking, rhythm, and voice.
Walk: From Neue Galerie to Palais Bellevue (Schöne Aussicht)
Neue Galerie, Schöne Aussicht 1, 34117 Kassel
Palais Bellevue, Schöne Aussicht 2, 34117 Kassel
Questions of nationhood and belonging as well as dispersal and loss predominate in the presentation at Neue Galerie, which effectively operates as the site of documenta 14’s memory. This is where the legacy of Arnold Bode, the founder of the first documenta in 1955, is invoked and debated. The story of the Gurlitt estate is one of the Neue Galerie’s primary structuring themes. It raises questions about the nature of art produced under conditions of totalitarian control and about the museum’s relationship to the history of colonial conquest. At the core of the exhibition at this venue are the issues of looting, ownership, and dispossession and also the interwoven relationship between art, politics, and economics. Inside the Palais Bellevue, which faces the Neue Galerie, memories of violent conflict shape the constellation of works and form a pointed contrast to the idyllic landscape and surroundings that give the building its “beautiful view.”
Walk: From Neue Neue Galerie (Alte Neue Hauptpost) to Gottschalkhalle
Shop Neue Neue Galerie (Neue Alte Hauptpost), Untere Königsstraße 95, 34117 Kassel, Access via Gießbergstraße
Gottschalkstraße 22, 34127 Kassel
The brutalist Neue Hauptpost, renamed the Neue Neue Galerie by documenta 14, was inaugurated in 1975 as Kassel’s main post office and mail distribution
center. Many of the artists shown here address the route between Kassel and Athens as line of departure and arrival. The art on view explores the labor of dissemination—by mail, on horseback, and through bodies or rituals. Departing from the Neue Neue Galerie, the walk heads towards the Gottschalkhalle, a location that used to belong to two of the city’s most prominent industrial dynasties, the Henschel company and Gottschalk & Co. While various artworks on view echo the different histories of the Gottschalkhalle, the venue also brings together artists whose work deals with issues of displacement and migration.
Shop Neue Galerie, Schöne Aussicht 1, 34117 Kassel
Duration 3 hours
The walk along the Weinberg combines different museums of the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel (mhk) like the Hessisches Landesmuseum, Grimmwelt as well as the Museum for Sepulchral Culture with their diverse permanent collections and, apart from this, the Torwache which is being covered in jute sack during the time of documenta 14. By putting these compilations and numerous art works of documenta 14 into relation, new areas of tension between history and contemporary perspectives occur and, at the same time, adjust the role of museums in today’s society. In conjunction with outside artworks and the unique atmosphere of the Weinbergterassen, an ideal-typical concept of walks can develop just offside the central stages of documenta 14.
Shop Neue Galerie, Schöne Aussicht 1, 34117 Kassel
Νενικήκαμεν („We have won!“) is what the runner Pheidippides is said to have exclaimed according to the scriptures of Plutarch and Lucian of Samosata. It is said that he ran the entire distance from Marathon to Athens without stopping to announce the victory of the Athenians over the Persians 490 B.C. before collapsing and dying.
Marathon: A synonym for endurance, the conscious handling of one's energy and the exploration of physical and mental limits. d14 Chorus Members would like to invite you to share this experience and to spend one day together at the documenta 14. You experience 10 hours of art lead by Adam Szymczyk’s suggested course from the main station through the city centre all the way up to the Wilhelmshöhe. Being ambitious in its whole dimension, the marathon walk enables us to slow down, gives us time for sharing experiences and offers space to observe and to reflect. These 10 hours give us the chance to learn about ourselves and about the world that surrounds us.