The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist

The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist


February 12, 2004

The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist

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The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist

with new contributions by: Marina Abramovic, Pawel Althamer, Dara Birnbaum, Daniel Buren, Liam Gillick, Jonathan Monk / Isabell Heimerdinger, Serkan Ozkaya, Boris Ondreicka

Curated by Jens Hoffmann

In the discussion forum: numerous comments and contributions on the subject by artists, curators, writers and others.


We are pleased to present the third and final installment of The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist, and to announce a forthcoming print publication and a conference on this project. The book launch and conference will take place on April 8th – 9th, 2004 at Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul.

Conference participants: Daniel Buren, Jens Hoffmann, Vasif Kortun, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serkan Ozkaya, Martha Rosler, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Tino Seghal and Anton Vidokle

All are welcome, admission is free.

The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist is available from Revolver (Archiv fur aktuelle Kunst) and selected book stores world wide

ISBN 3-936919-05-4

Designed by Christoph Steinegger/INTERKOOL


The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist

What happens if artists take over and occupy territory usually reserved for curators? What happens if artists are asked to propose a concept for a large-scale group exhibition and to take control over a prestigious show such as Documenta? These are some of the questions that The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist is trying to investigate. The title of this project is less a demand than a question. A question that does not articulate a critique of previous Documenta exhibitions but rather investigates, in a provocative way, the relationship, which artists have to the profession of curating. For this project a diverse group of artists has been invited to reflect upon the conditions of the relationship between artists and curators. More importantly, the artists were asked to propose a brief concept of how they could imagine putting together an exhibition such as Documenta.

Between July 2003 and February 2004 around 30 artists’ contributions will be presented on the e-flux web-site: An area for discussion and comments for the audience of this project will be available inviting everyone to comment on the overall idea of the project, the contributions of the artists or even to post their own ideas for a Documenta. The generated material will be presented in a book published in collaboration with Revolver press in April 2004.

Curated by Jens Hoffmann


Marina Abramovic

Pawel Althamer

John Baldessari

Ricardo Basbaum

Laura Belem

Dara Birnbaum

Daniel Buren

AA Bronson

Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset

Morgan Fisher

Liam Gillick

Joseph Grigely

Natascha Sadr Haghighian

Carl Michael von Hausswolff

Isabel Heimerdinger

Federico Herrero

Alfredo Jaar

Tim Lee

Ken Lum

Dorit Margreiter

John Miller

Jonathan Monk

Boris Ondreicka

Serkan Ozkaya

Florian Pumhosl

Martha Rosler

Julia Scher

Markus Schinwald

Tino Sehgal

Lawrence Weiner

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