documenta + Jawad Selim im Deutschen Historischen Museum

Mirl Redmann

Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany


What does the German Embassy in Baghdad have to do with documenta III? Mirl Redmann, PhD student at the University of Geneva, on the diplomatic attempt to bring Jawad Selim to Kassel—and why it failed.

This video is part of the three videos on the exhibition "documenta. Politics and Art" focus on meaningful gaps and voids in the world exhibition and show what they reveal about the cultural and socio-historical context of documenta.

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And if you want to read more on Redmann and documenta, have a look at documenta. Politics and Arts, published by Raphael Gross with Lars Bang Larsen, Dorlis Blume, Alexia Pooth, Julia Voss, Dorothee Wierling for the Deutsches Historisches Museum.

From 1955 onwards, the makers of each documenta sought to offer insights into current trends in art and to document the spirit of their particular time. This publication sets the history of documenta in the context of the political, cultural and socio-historical development of the Federal Republic of Germany in the second half of the twentieth century. It thereby illuminates a relationship of mutual dependence between art and history. Time and time again, this major international exhibition was a place where West Germany‘s perception of itself was negotiated. From the very beginning, progressive and regressive political currents were active there side by side.

You can purchase it here.