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Paintings and graphics by the documenta founder
Exhibition in the Neue Galerie from June 3, 2022 to October 9, 2022
Vernissage on 02 June 2022 at 19:00


The exhibition is a cooperation of the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, the documenta archive, the Kunsthochschule Kassel and the Galerie Rasch.

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#3 Hans Hillmann "Fliegenpapier". A "comic-concert" with the yam yabasha ensemble, Berlin


From the documenta archiv #3


Sunday, November 5, 2017, 5 pm


Venue: Gloria-Kino, Friedrich-Ebert Straße 3, Kassel


Tickets: €12 (with concession €9)


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



yam yabasha ensemble, Berlin:

Raphael Clamer – Speaker

Uwe Steinmetz – Saxophon

Marcel Krömker – String Bass

Javier Reyes – Drums

Itay Dvori – Piano, Composition and artistic Superintendence


Pre-sales: Gloria-Kino, 0561 – 7667950, www.filmladen.de and at the documenta archiv: 0561 – 70727-3100


Kindly supported by Volksbank Kassel Göttingen

© documenta archiv / Nachlass Hans Hillmann

Hans Hillmann: Fly Paper (detail), undated, Photography, 12,8 x 14,7 cm, inventory number: docA, NL Hans Hillmann, Mappe 32, 100010022

On the occasion of the completion of the cataloguing of the personal papers by Hans Hillmann, a documenta 3 artist, the documenta archiv is pleased to announce a "comic concert" orchestrated by yam yabasha ensembles from Berlin on November, 5th 2017, 5 pm.


The score for the graphic novel “Fly Paper” was created by the artist Hans Hillmann – referencing the crime novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) – alongside his large scale water color paintings which he created between 1975 to 1982. This pioneering work pre-dates the development of the graphic novel – a term that was coined much later. The story starts with a search for a daughter from a respectable family, who got involved with gangsters; and quickly turns into a murder case.

During the screening the three layers melt together to an extraordinary adventure: the projected images from the graphic novel, the recited text and musical score form a brand new entity.

Inspired by the sequence of the plot the composer Itay Dvori builds up his jazz composition to Hillmann’s work with elements that strongly referencing the music aesthetic of the 1920s-1930s in North America but also leave much room for improvisations.

© yam yabasha ensemble

Performance of the comics-concert, Erlanger Poetenfest 2016, Photographer: Georg Pöhlein

© documenta archiv / Nachlass Hans Hillmann

Marlies Rosa Hillmann: Hans Hillmann

© documenta archiv / Nachlass Hans Hillmann

Hans Hillmann: Aquarell Fliegenpapier S.140/141 (avant-verlag, 2015), Inventory Number:docA, NL Hillmann, Hans, Folder 2

Fly Paper: A comic-concert with the yam yabasha ensemble, clipping of the premiere on April, 21, 2016 in the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin

Invitation Card