Once again this year Kassel becomes the epicenter of the art world with dOCUMENTA. Its 13th edition features 200 artists from 50 countries and includes satellites in Egypt and Afghanistan. Curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the buzz seems to focus on her role and her vision more than on the art itself, including expectations of pumping up the show with “bright new impulse” (no pressure, huh).

An article in Deutsche Welle describes dOCUMENTA 13 as a state of mind, offering visitors insight into the artistic practice rather than serving a menu of what’s hot on the market. Although cultural value and market value are definitely correlated – inclusion adds to the artists’ reputation and their sales price – the show is “more about creativity in general than about art in particular“, so much Roberta Smith in NYT.

Leaving the advanced polemic to the more qualified, we’ll go and witness what it has to offer art–wise, and will report. It sure looks promising: Tino SehgalJérôme Bel, Pierre Huyghe, Tacita Dean or Rosella Biscotti are just few artists out of many whose work we look forward to seeing!

Photo credits:

One of the dOCUMENTA 13 sites, photographed by Nils Klinger

EVA & ADELE in front of an art tapestry by British-based artist Goshka Macuga, photographed by Jens Meyer/AP

Spanish greyhound called Human with his front leg painted pink, by Pierre Huyghe, photographed by Boris Roessler/EPA

Tacita Dean’s “Fatigues”, photographed by Nils Klinger


Performers Eva and Adele walk in front of Goshka Macuga's work

Spanish greyhound Human with his front leg painted pink by Pierre Huyghe

Tacita Dean,Fatigues, 2012