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The conference "IN | OUT" is dedicated to the complex mechanisms of selection in the context of the first documenta (1955). Curatorial decision-making processes, art-theoretical decisions, individual assessments of quality and personal networks, as well as economic interests and constraints will be discussed. At the same time, it is important to question the methodological and social relevance of the concept of canon.

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Arnold Bode and the documenta


Friday, April 28 - Sunday, June 18, 2017


Venue: New Gallery of Art, Shanghai

© documenta archiv / Werner Lengemann

Werner Lengemann: Arnold Bode in front of Jackson Pollock, „Number 32“, Inventory Number: docA, MS, d2, 10041418

A selection of objects shown in March of 2017 in Beijing are on display at the New Gallery of Art in Shanghai. In an exhibition space of 400 square meters, visitors will encounter the story of Arnold Bode, his native city, and his vision. He is portrayed as an artist, a curator, an inventor, and an organizer of documenta, as well as in connection with directors of later documenta exhibitions.


An exhibition organized by the Institute of Arts and Media Management at Freie Universität Berlin and the Institute for Art Administration and Education at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) Beijing in cooperation with the documenta archiv.