Last week we were at dOCUMENTA13 in Kassel, one of the World’s more interesting venues for contemporary art. We were lucky to have the chance to visit the exhibition as it happens only once every five years. I’ll show you what caught my eye later, as I am now in the heart of the Black Forest with only “1 bar” of internet access, not enough to upload anything more than the image above.
The image above is a detail from a tapestry by Hannah Ryggen (1894-1970) a self-taught weaver, translating the claustrophobic feeling of war and destruction into remarkable woven cloths. She commented on Fascism and Nazism’s emergence in Europe in the inter-war years, and Norwegian politics in the post-war years.
Kassel was nominated twice as the “ugliest city in Germany”, but with the dOCUMENTA and all its visitors from around the world, I found Kassel incredibly lively. I’m always amazed how art can transform even the ugliest city into a place of inspiration and introspection.