InstitutionsBiennials & Triennials 23-03-2017

March 23 | Financial worries for Documenta

Documenta is in two weeks, and it is the time for the organizers to make their demands heard. In other news, Lionel Sabatté has won the 2017 Drawing Now Prize at the fair in Paris, as Sophie Calle embarks on a 25-year project at the age of 63.

Documenta CEO Requests Additional State Funding

Documenta’s CEO and managing director, Annette Kulenkampff, has requested further funding from the Berlin government.

Documenta 14 is taking place this year in Athens (April 8 through July 16) and Kassel (June 10 through Sept. 17) with a budget of approximately $37 million. Half of the budget is subsidized by the state of Hesse, the city of Kassel, and the Federal Cultural Foundation. The remainder is raised by the exhibition. The problem seems to lie in the large portion of funding being used to support the production of new artworks, for, once the show has ended, they remain the property of the artist. Commenting on the future of Documenta, Kulenkampff stated that “this is not sustainable in the long run.” For more, see artforum.


Annette Kulenkampff, documenta. Courtesy of SWR



Centre Pompidou announces new head of the cabinet of photography Florian Ebner

Florian Ebner has been appointed the new head of the cabinet of photography at Musée National d'Art Moderne at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The appointment will come into effect in July.

Florian Ebner has worked for 25 years in the field of photography and contemporary art. The move comes after her curation of the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015. One of the largest in Europe, the Centre Pompidou's collection of photographs is composed of 40,000 prints and 60,000 negatives, presenting a complete history of modern and contemporary photography.


Florian Ebner, Courtesy of Spiegel Online



Sophie Calle embarks on twenty-five-year-long project at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery

Creative Time have commissioned the French artist to create Here Lie the Secrets of the Visitors of Green-Wood Cemetery. The twenty-five-year-long project that will take place at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery in New York.

The work will consist of a hollow grave connected to an above-ground obelisk, made of marble, designed by Calle. Visitors are invited to inscribe confessions on a piece of paper and deposit it in the grave, whereupon Calle will return over the next twenty-five years to exhume its contents. The project will debut during a two-day-long event, taking place on April 29 and 30. The artist will be in attendance from 12:00 until 5:00 PM. The two-day performance will be open and free to the public, with maps designed specifically around Calle’s work freely available.


© Sophie Calle, Courtesy of Creative Image



Lionel Sabatté wins 2017 Drawing Now prize

Opening today, the 11th edition of Drawing Now at the Carreau du Temple, Paris, has announced French artist, Lionel Sabatté (b. 1975) as the winner of the 2017 Drawing Now Prize.

Living and working between Paris and Los Angeles, Sabatté graduated from l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2003. Sabatté’s La sélection de Parentèle is on show at the Musée de la Chasse, Paris, through June 4, where he presents three sculptures made of dead skin and olive-tree bark. His work can ben seen at Galerie C’s booth at Drawing Now 2017, from March 23 through 26.


© Lionel Sabatté, La sélection de Parentèle at the Musée de la Chasse, Paris



Miami’s CIFO announces 2017 grant recipients, with artist Daniel Joseph Martinez set to receive an achievement award

The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation named yesterday the nine recipients of its 15th annual Grants & Commissions Program, including an achievement award to the post-conceptual artist Daniel Joseph Martinez.

An exhibition of Martinez’s work will debut September 7 at the CIFO Art Center, Miami. In a press release, Martinez said, “I have constructed my current art practice to respond to the inquiry: ‘How is it possible to arrive at a mode of art making that offers freedom and autonomy to the artist?’ I am trying to search out and create a language of intervention appropriate to our time.”

Emerging artists Ilich Castillo, Alana Iturralde, Juan Carlos Osorno, Celia y Yunior, Katherinne Fiedler, Ulrik López received grants. For the full list, see ARTnews.


Daniel Joseph Martinez Museum Tags- Second Movement (Overture) (1993) Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California
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