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dOKUMENTA (13), Hannah Ryggen

in Kassel, Germany
Artistic director: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

9 June – 16 September 2012

Hannah Ryggen at the Museum Friedericianum (Friedrichsplatz 18)

Hannah Ryggen at the Museum Friedericianum (Friedrichsplatz 18)

The presentation of Hannah Ryggen (b.1894, Malmö, d.1970, Trondheim) includes six tapestries, Etiopia (1935), Gru (1936), Drømmedød (1936), Hitler-teppet (1936), Spania / La Hora se aproxima (1938) and Jul Kvale (1956), and will be installed in the rotunda of the Fridericianum. According to Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Ryggen 'engages with the trauma of her time on an artistic level, which we feel today to be simultaneously a deeply personal process of emancipation as well as a comment on the engagement of artists in society.' Ryggen's works are on loan from the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo and Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim.

100 Notes – 100 Thoughts, No.067: Marta Kuzma, Hannah Ryggen OCA announces the release of the dOCUMENTA (13) notebook, Hannah Ryggen, as authored by OCA’s director Marta Kuzma. Numbered sixty-seven (67) in a series of one hundred notebooks entitled 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts, the publication is dedicated to a thought essay around the work, production, and political inclination of the Swedish-Norwegian artist Hannah Ryggen.

About Documenta
According to curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, one of the main challenges of dOCUMENTA (13) is 'to move exhibition planning and presentation beyond a traditional format – from being an "exhibition" to becoming a "constellation" of interrelated temporalities, cultural fields, spaces, places, histories, artworks and other possibilities of engaging with art and the world at large'. Documenta is a periodic exhibition, which began in 1955 as an attempt to re-establish culture and the visual arts as a primary focus of society, and to reconnect Germany with the field of international art at the time, after the trauma of World War II. Since then, every four and later five years, it has become both an exhibition of contemporary art worldwide and a moment of reflection on the relation between art and society. The last edition of documenta drew over 750,000 visitors from all over the world.

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