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Documenta 4 (DVD)

Jef Cornelis - Documenta 4 (DVD)
Documenta 4 (1968) in film.
"Documenta 4" by Jef Cornelis is the first title of the new "Archives" collection, which is dedicated to landmark exhibitions and curatorial practices, and which provides reference material and moving images to a growing field of research, that of curatorial studies and exhibition history.
Held in Kassel between June and October 1968, "Documenta 4"—the last to be directed by Documenta founder Arnold Bode—was plagued by controversy and debate: artistic and political and generational and aesthetic conflicts, as well as tensions between European and American art were some of the issues that affected this edition, echoing the social and political upheavals that were taking place elsewhere at the same time. The film reflects this effervescence, giving voice to the artists, curators, and audience, but also offers a unique approach to an exhibition in progress. We can watch Sol LeWitt's constructing "Three Part Variation," Joseph Beuys installing his "Raumplastik," Martial Raysse talking about the place of the artist at Kassel, Harald Szeemann defending the concept of the museum, Edward Kienholz explaining his work from inside his "Roxy" installation, and so on.
Works by Getulio Alviani, Carl Andre, Shusaku, Arakawa, Arman, Joseph Beuys, Louis Cane, César, Christo, Chryssa, Domenico Gnoli, Raymond Hains, Richard Hamilton, Al Held, Robert Indiana, Allen Jones, Ed Kienholz, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Lindner, Morris Louis, Robert Malaval, Jos Manders, Escobar Marisol, Robert Morris, Claes Oldenburg, Walter Pichler, Ramon, Roger Raveel, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Lucas Samaras, George Segal, Zdenek Sykora, Daan van Golden, Tom Wesselmann.
Interviews with Arman, Arnold Bode, Joseph Beuys, César, Christo, Jean Dypreau, Otto Hahn, Allen Jones, Ed Kienholz, Jean Leering, Sol LeWitt, Julio Le Parc, Jan van der Marck, Martial Raysse, Robert Rauschenberg, Denise René, Pierre Restany, Michael Sonnabend, Harald Szeemann, Dan Van Severen, John Weber.

See also Documenta 5 and Summer of 1966 – 33a Biennale di Venezia & 2e Salon des galeries-pilotes de Lausanne.
Jef Cornelis (born 1941) has mainly worked for VRT, Belgian national television in Flemish. He has realized more than 200 films, especially on architecture, literature, and the arts.
Edited by Yves Aupetitallot.
Text by Yves Aupetitallot.

Published with Le Magasin, Grenoble, and Argos, Brussels.
published in June 2012
original version, subtitles in English and French
13,5 x 19 cm
DVD Multizone, PAL/SECAM, 54', 24 pages booklet
ISBN : 978-3-03764-257-3
EAN : 9783037642573
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