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documenta X

21 June - 28 September 1997

Kassel, Germany

Direction: Catherine David

138 participants in the exhibition

100 Days - 100 Guests

Our Special addresses the (low) presence of artists from Africa, the Americas and Asia/Pacific in documenta 10. Catherine David, the artistic director, was expected to make a fundamental opening-up in this direction. Our compilation of a range of quotations from her statements on "non-Western" art, and comments by others on this subject reveals why David's exhibition was ultimately seen as a great disappointment in this sense.

A first version of our special we already published in UiU in 1997, when the official website of the documenta hardly offered any photos or information about the exhibiting artists. We decided to produce this new version in order to make the content and photos (now in much better quality) accessible for mobile devices as well.

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Selected artworks

100 Days - 100 Guests

In "100 Days - 100 Guests", art specialists, artists, filmmakers, writers, philosophers, economists, architects etc. from all over the world were invited to lectures, discussions and artistic performances. The focus was on film, theatre, music and literature. One declared aim was to "to reflect the multiplicity of contemporary cultures - including non-European cultures in particular - and to present them as fully, vividly and flexibly as possible".

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Incl. participants from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as contributions related to the "non-Western world"

Opinions on documenta X

Okwui Enwezor
In 1997, Artistic Director of the 2nd Biennale Johannesburg. Speaker at "100 Days - 100 Guests".

Geeta Kapur
Art historian, critic, curator from New Dehli, India. Speaker at "100 Days - 100 Guests".

Artist from Brazil who participated in the exhibition of documenta X, and in "100 Days - 100 Guests".

Alfons Hug
In 1997, director of the art, film and media department at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

Sabine Vogel
The Torture of Enlightenment. On "100 Days - 100 Guests" and documenta X.

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documenta & Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH
Friedrichsplatz 18
D-34117 Kassel, Germany
Phone: +49 561 70727-0
FAX: +49 561 70727-39
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© Texts: Universes in Universe and documenta X press information.
Cover photo on top: Lygia Clark, one of her Máscaras sensoriais, 1967
© Photos: Haupt & Binder, Universes in Universe, unless otherwise specified

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