With JULY, IV, MDCCLXXVI, Danh Vo shifts the focus of his artistic investigations to the concept of freedom. The title designates 4 July 1776, the date of the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.The writing in Roman numerals is taken from the tablet that the figure of New York’s Statue of Liberty is holding in her left hand...more

The project “Theater zwischen den Künsten” (Theatre Between the Arts) will continue with the production Unfun, based on the novel by Matias Faldbakken... more

Established as a new location for exchange and communication last year the DokfestForum will be continued as a festival meeting point with café and video library. The DokfestForum will provide a video library for accreditated guests making the festival program available on demand. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. guests will also be served coffee, cake and soup, free WLAN is also available. The evening events at the DokfestForum are free of charge. The entrance to the exhibition of Danh Vo is free of charge with the festival accreditation and the yearly pass of Kunsthalle Fridericianum... more

Major works by artists such as Maurizio Cattelan, Christoph Büchel, Cady Noland, Urs Fischer, Douglas Gordon, Olaf Nicolai, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Christine Borland, Gustav Metzger and Christopher Wool are included in the collection of the migros museum für gegenwartskunst in Zurich. The works were brought together thanks to funding from the so-called Culture Percentage of the giant Swiss retailer Migros... more

With his art Gardar Eide Einarsson examines fundamental structures of social conflicts in modern societies based on the interplay between authority and rebellion. He focuses on expressions of power, on control and suppression, on methods and manifestations of sub- and countercultures, as well as on individual people who gained international renown as dictators, terrorists or mass murderers... more

In his art, Andro Wekua combines collective and personal memories into poignant, in part disturbing representations. The gloomy and uncanny as phenomena and fear as a symptom of the human psyche play a big role in Wekua’s works... more

The work of young Swedish artist Nina Canell attempts to activate an intersection between humans, objects and events whereby a certain kind of material imagination might be articulated. Her installations posit themselves as testing grounds – imitating, misinterpreting or reinventing elements of the natural world – proposing intimate bonds in our existing as well as fictive vicinity... more

With the project Pre-, Pre-, Pre-, Pre-, Preview, San Keller is making even the planning phase of his exhibition public. In doing so, he is undermining the boundaries of conventional formats and rendering institutional processes transparent. Visitors are directly incorporated in the process of development of his exhibition... more

Under the title Frontera, Margolles is presenting works which reflect the frightening extent to which the drug war is influencing Mexican society, they also engage with the general taboo on death and violence. Using reduced but always drastic means, Teresa Margolles creates extremely poignant works of art... more


With his Kassel exhibition Matt Stokes devotes himself to the lasting effect of underground music as a counter-culture to the mainstream and its ability to spawn scenes which greatly influence people’s opinions and lifestyles, issues which run through Stokes' entire oeuvre... more

In her art, Monica Bonvicini raises issues regarding gender and power relationships in all kinds of contexts. At the centre of her work are architecture and public spaces, the world of labour, sexuality, as well as politics and representation, whose close connections she reveals... more

The Norwegian artist Matias Faldbakken is internationally well known for his direct, provocative and radical attitude. In his artistic production Faldbakken engages with social conventions and meets pop culture with a counter gesture, when rejection and refusal merge with forms of chaos and vandalism... more

The DokfestForum is a new place of exchange and communication in context of the 27th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival. The idea is, on the one hand to create a meeting place and a space for individual viewing of the festival program and on the other hand to offer an ideal networking environment with daily events and discussions focused on the intersection between film and art... more

The work of artist Mark Divo is situated at the boundary of conceptual and performance art. In his inhabited sculptures, he extends ideas such as shared authorship and the ready-made into performative installations... more

Thomas Zipp knows how to relate developments in history and the humanities to the present age and to interpret them in a topical way. Zipp is dedicating his show in Kassel to the question of standard and deviation, social exclusion and the exploration of the self... more

The two-day symposium intends to put the possibilities, opportunities as well
as the limitations of current critical curating up for discussion based on the presentation of exemplary projects, curatorial programmes, theoretical analyses, artists talks... more

The work made by visual artist Carlos Amorales and musician Julian Léde in their project Nuevos Ricos was an idealist but ironic attempt to generate a youth subculture. Nuevos Ricos based its actions on a critical and underground attitude for inserting dysfunctional and atypical ideas into the show-business mainstream... more

The processual nature plays a key role in Nuurs art. His installations, drawings and objects act as 'models of thinking'. Nuur is interested in the so-called ‘interimodules’, in the in-between where a concept evolves into form... more

Meschac Gaba worked on his Museum of Contemporary African Art from 1997 to 2002. This large installation encompasses 12 rooms, which are now being presented in their entirety for the first time... more

In her installations and video works, Moroccan artist Latifa Echakhch critically examines socio-political issues brought about by globalisation, the way national symbols are used, as well as cultural differences and social phenomena, without however assuming a cautionary or rhetorical stance... more

The 2009 Spaziergang, a special version of the traditional annual 'Rundgang'-exhibition by art students of the Kunsthochschule Kassel, will be an ambitious project breaking new ground. For the first time the works are being shown at unexpected locations as well as at established Kassel cultural institutions... more

Sun, fresh green and blossoming flowers point to a lively new beginning. The Polish artist Pawel Althamer conveys this feeling with his exhibition project Frühling (Spring) at the Kunsthalle Fridericianum. For the project, he invited several hundred children from Kassel... more

Energy, danger, tenderness and beauty are the topoi emanating from the exhibition Fomuška by Micol Assaël. For the first time in her young but very intense oeuvre, Assaël is bringing together delicate, minimalist drawings with a machine which will electrically charge a main wing of the Fridericianum... more

Today, in the present context, we face a different dilemma altogether. The question of courage and the thoughts facing our present condition come ironically from the turn of Peter Cain’s inspired message... more

Huge clouds of white smoke, which explode out of tunnels or grow exuberantly in the afforested background of a French Château or a stony lighthouse; morbid housing complexes... more

The artistic work of Klara Lidén can be described as a strong and cheeky conglomerate of energy, activism, liveliness, instinct, but also of acrimony, disappointment and worry – constantly in search of breaking with the social conventions... more

Sculptures, installations and interventions, performative and like graffiti: these are the artistic media Marc Bijl is dealing with. Intelligent, provocative and subversively he interacts social and political issues... more

The project includes not only the creation of the sculpture City Pills, but also the ongoing production of eyeglasses out of fragments of old glass during the entire run of the exhibition... more

On 5 September, a new era has begun in the colorful history of the Fridericianum. Robbed of its function as museum, its rooms were instead made available for various interim uses.... more

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