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US video artist Bill Viola has died at the age of 73. His immersive and visually striking video installations made him one of the most popular artists in his medium. Bill Viola was represented four times at the documenta in Kassel: Most recently with his work “The Raft”, which was shown as a collection piece from the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in the rotunda of the Fridericianum as part of documenta 14 (2017). 

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#3 Journey to the Planet Ars - artist portraits by Heinz Günter Mebusch


In the documenta archiv #3


Thursday, June 7 - Friday, August 3, 2018


Venue: Reading room at the documenta archiv, Untere Karlsstr. 4, 34117 Kassel


Admission free

© documenta archiv / Artforum Culture Foundation | The Mebusch Estate

Heinz-Günter Mebusch: Wolf Vostell, Gelatin silver print on baryt paper, 24 x 18 cm, Inventory Number: documenta archiv, MS, Edition Mebusch.

Since the 1990s the documenta archiv owns an important collection of over 200 high-quality photographic artist portraits. It consists of images of well-known artists such as Joseph Beuys, Karl Otto Götz, Meret Oppenheim, Gerhard Richter, Wolf Vostell and many more. At close range the head and chest portraits captivate through the intense direct gaze of each respective artist.


Heinz Günter Mebusch (1952-2001), a student of the famous photographer Otto Steinert (1915-1978) created these photos and named the series "Journey to Planet Ars". Today he has nearly been forgotten. Then, however, he was known to all the important artists of his time.


In terms of both content and quality the edition belongs to the particularly superior enrichments of the collection of the documenta archiv. For the studio exhibition 39 portraits are selected of artists who participated at documenta over the years.


Curator: Birgit Jooss

© documenta archiv / Nicolas Wefers