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Four More Documenta Artworks Purchased by the City of Kassel

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Perhaps spurred by news that this year’s documenta 13 has bolstered tourism in Kassel by 8.2 percent, the city has recommended the purchase of four more artworks from Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev’s exhibition. All in all the city and state of Hesse planned to spend over 600,000 euro on artworks from the exhibition (386,000 and 250,000, respectively).

Purchase prices have not been disclosed. However, the acquisitions committee has recommended the purchase of a piece of Michael Rakowitz’s installation “What Dust Will Rise?” in the Fridericianum. The piece looks at artifacts from war and artifacts destroyed by war such as shrapnel from ammunition that destroyed Afghanistan’s Buddhas of Bamiyan in 2001 or a stone dropped over Essen by the Royal Air Force during a pre-flight of a World War II bombing raid.

Willie Doherty’s video work, “Secretion” (2012) was also purchased. The 20 minute long edition of three was shot in Kassel and in the city’s surrounding woods, continuing Doherty’s practice of using a given image or blurb of information to extrapolate. In this case, Kassel’s landscape takes on the role of the muse as Doherty examines the inspiration behind the eerie fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.

The city also purchased prints from Walid Raad’s installation titled “Scratching on Things I Could Disavow: A History of Art in the Arab World”  in a garage-like space behind Friedrichsplatz as well as masks from Berlin based artist Judith Hopf’s work in the Fridericianum.

Previously, Kassel and the state of Hesse had acquired Cardiff & Miller, Mark Dion, and Clemens von Wedemeyer from this documenta.

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