Exhibition^3: Documenta 5, Harald Szeemann, The Artists

Exhibition^3: Documenta 5, Harald Szeemann, The Artists

University Art Gallery, University of Pittsburgh

Documenta 5 catalogue, 1972. Designed by Ed Ruscha. Courtesy of Independent Curators International.
February 24, 2015
Exhibition^3: Documenta 5, Harald Szeemann, The Artists

February 24–March 20, 2015

Opening: February 24, 6pm

University Art Gallery 
Frick Fine Arts Building
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

T +1 412 648 2423
[email protected]


Exhibition^3: Documenta 5, Harald Szeemann, The Artists will be built around a loan exhibition, Harald Szeemann: Documenta 5, curated by David Platzker, Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He prepared it for Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. Documenta 5, held in 1972 in Kassel, Germany, was the fifth in a series of global surveys of contemporary art that began in 1955. It was the first large-scale exploration of the major transformations in art that occurred during the 1960s, and the first to locate them in relation to broad changes in popular and commercial cultures. Swiss “exhibition-maker” Harald Szeemann, who is widely regarded as the most influential curator of his generation, was its artistic director.

Exhibition^3: Documenta 5, Harald Szeemann, The Artists will have the 40 items and associated documents that constitute Harald Szeemann: Documenta 5 at its core, but will add two further dimensions: a room devoted to an exploration of the curatorial practice of Harald Szeemann as evidenced in the catalogs of his exhibitions, copies of his publications, and commentary on him; and an “instruction room” or “reading room” of books, catalogs, and documentary material created at the time by or about 20 of the key artists whose work was exhibited in Documenta 5. Exhibition^3 will aim to document the original exhibition, but also augment it, to the power of 3.

The exhibition will be curated by Professor Terry Smith, Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, with Isabelle Chartier, Curator of the UAG, as co-curator. Twenty undergraduate students taking the course HAA 1020 Museum Studies will assist in every aspect of the exhibition. On display will be items from the ICI traveling show, from the Frick Fine Arts Library and other collections at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as artists’ books, documents, and ephemera. Also works by Jasper Johns, Ed Kienholz, Alfred Jensen, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, Joseph Kosuth, Art & Language, Lawrence Weiner, Hanne Darboven, Paul Thek, and others have been selected from private collections in Pittsburgh.

The artists in Documenta 5: Vito Acconci, Vincenzo Agnetti, Peter Alexander, John de Andrea, Giovanni Anselmo, Arbeitszeit, Archigram, Chuck Arnoldi, Art & Language, Richard Artschwager, Michael Ashkin, John Baldessari, Robert Barry, Georg Baselitz, Lothar Baumgarten, Robert Bechtle, Gottfried Bechtold, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Karl Oskar Blase, Mel Bochner, Alighiero Boetti, Christian Boltanski, Claudio Bravo, George Brecht, K.P. Brehmer, Marcel Broodthaers, Stanley Brouwn, Günter Brus, Daniel Buren, Victor Burgin, Michael Buthe, James Lee Byars, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Castelli, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Chuck Close, Tony Conrad, Ron Cooper, Bill Copley, Joseph Cornell, Robert Cottingham, Paul Cotton, Hanne Darboven, Walter De Maria, David Deutsch, Jan Dibbets, Herbert Distel, Gino de Dominicis, Marcel Duchamp, John Dugger, Don Eddy, Franz Eggenschwiler, Ger van Elk, Richard Estes, Luciano Fabro, John C. Fernie, Robert Filliou, Jud Fine, Joel Fisher, Terry Fox, Howard Fried, Hamish Fulton, Franz Gertsch, Gilbert & George, Ralph Goings, Hubert Gojowczyk, Dan Graham, Walter Grasskamp, Nancy Graves, Hans Haacke, Duane Hanson, Guy Harloff, Michael Harvey, Haus-Rucker-Co, Auguste Herbin, Eva Hesse, Rebecca Horn, Jean Olivier Hucleux, Douglas Huebler, Jörg Immendorff, Will Insley, Rolf Iseli, Ken Jacobs, Neil Jenney, Alfred Jensen, Jasper Johns, Joan Jonas, Max G. Kaminski, Howard Kanovitz, Edward Kienholz, Imi Knoebel, Christof Kohlhofer, Jannis Kounellis, Tom Kovachevich, Piotr Kowalski, David Lamelas, Barry Le Va, Jean LeGac, Alfred Leslie, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Ingeborg Luscher, Inge Mahn, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Etienne Martin, Richard McLean, David Medalla, Fernando Melani, Jim Melchert, Mario Merz, Gustav Metzger, Bernd Minnich, Malcolm Morley, Ed Moses, Bruce Nauman, Hermann Nitsch, Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono, Dennis Oppenheim, Blinky Palermo, Panamarenko, Giulio Paolini, A.R. Penck, Giuseppe Penone, Vettor Pisani, Sigmar Polke, Stephen Posen, Markus Raetz, Arnulf Rainer, Gerhard Richter, Klaus Rinke, Dorothea Rockburne, Peter Roehr, Allen Ruppersberg, Edward Ruscha, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Ulrich Ruckriem, Robert Ryman, John Salt, Salvo, Lucas Samaras, Paul Sarkisian, Jean-Frederic Schnyder, Ben Schonzeit, Werner Schroeter, HA Schult, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Fritz Schwegler, Richard Serra, Paul Sharits, Allan Shields, Katharina Sieverding, Robert Smithson, Michael Snow, Keith Sonnier, Klaus Staeck, Paul Staiger, Jorge Stever, Robert Strubin, Harald Szeemann, Paul Thek, Wayne Thiebaud, Andre Thomkins, David Tremlett, Richard Tuttle, Ben Vautier, W + B Hein, Franz Erhard Walther, Robert Watts, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, John Wesley, H.C. Westermann, William Wiley, Rolf Winnewisser, Tom Wudl, Klaus Wyborny, La Monte Young, Peter Young, Gilberto Zorio.

Robert Morris wrote a letter refusing to exhibit but sent an essay that was printed in the catalog, as was The Artist’s reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement, written in 1971 by Bob Projansky and Seth Siegelaub. Both will be shown in the exhibition.

For further information
Terry Smith: [email protected] / T +1 919 683 8352
Isabelle Chartier: [email protected] / T +1 412 648 2423


The Museum Studies Exhibition Seminar is made possible with the generous support of the Fine Foundation and the Office for Undergraduate Studies of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

Harald Szeemann: Documenta 5 is circulated by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. This exhibition has been curated by David Platzker. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the ICI Board of Trustees, and ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson.



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