Documenta 14: Kassel

Martin Herbert searches for a way through the quinquennial’s sprawling second instalment

By Martin Herbert

Agnes Denes, The Living Pyramid, 2015/2017, Nordstadtpark, Kassel, Documenta 14. Photo: Mathias Völzke. Courtesy the artist and Documenta 14 Otobong Nkanga, Carved to Flow, 2017, installation view, Neue Galerie, Kassel, Documenta 14. Photo: Liz Eve. Courtesy the artist and Documenta 14 K. G. Subramanyan, Anatomy Lesson 1–5 (detail), 2008, terracotta reliefs, Neue Galerie, Kassel, Documenta 14. Photo: Mathias Völzke. Courtesy the artist and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi Miriam Cahn, KOENNTEICHSEIN, 2015–2017, installation view, Documenta Halle, Kassel, Documenta 14. Photo: Roman März. Courtesy the artist and Documenta 14 Vivian Suter, Nisyros (Vivian’s bed), 2016–17, installation view, Glass Pavilions on Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse, Kassel, Documenta 14. Photo: Fred Dott. Courtesy the artist and Documenta 14 Marta Minujín, The Parthenon of Books, 2017,
 steel, books, and plastic sheeting
, Friedrichsplatz, Kassel, Documenta 14. Photo: Roman März. Courtesy the artist and Documenta 14

Various venues, Kassel, through 17 SeptemberOn the opening day of Documenta 14 I finally gave up on a press conference that, entering its third doleful hour, had included a lengthy violin performance and a fair bit of theorising but little about the art. Tetchily disregarding artistic director Adam Szymczyk’s request that we begin our tours in a disused railway tunnel, I elected to start in Kassel’s northeast and work diagonally southwest. This meant encountering, in short order, a piece of…

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