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The documenta archiv to receive an important donation: The internationally unique performance art archive "Die Schwarze Lade / the Black Kit: Archive for Performance, Action and Intermedia Art" to be presented by documenta artist Boris Nieslony

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#4 documenta and its Double: Emy Roeder’s "Die Schwangere". Lecture by Liza Weber


From the documenta archiv #4


Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7 pm


Venue: Gießhaus on the area of the university, Mönchebergstraße 5, 34127 Kassel


Admission free


Address of Welcome: Dr. Birgit Jooss, director of the documenta archiv


A collaboration with the documenta professor at the Kunsthochschule Kassel.


The lecture will be in English.

© documenta archiv / Anna-Luise Schmidt

Emy Roeder, Die Schwangere, 1919, Wood, 82 (H) cm, Inventory Number: docA, MS, d1, 10001713

In her illustrated lecture Liza Weber will test the well-worn hypothesis of the first documenta exhibition of 1955 as a rehabilitation of modern art once deemed “degenerate” under the National Socialist regime. Combining provenance research and oral history, her talk will trace both the trajectory and living memory of modernism in Germany throughout the twentieth, and indeed twenty-first, century. Her case study of ‘Die Schwangere’ will be presented in the form of a short documentary-film, which captures at once a paper trail and a people trail, hoping to lift provenance from its obscurity at the bottom of exhibition captions and into the light of the public eye.


Liza Weber is a PhD student at the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, University of Sussex, where she was awarded the ‘Alfred Bader Scholarship in Modern Jewish History and Culture’.


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