Thierry Geoffroy/ COLONEL is installing the first part of #documentasceptic - his new solo exhibition wich will change during the next 3 months questioning the motivations behind Documenta in Athens and in Kassel.
The first part of the exhibition is focusing on the question:"Why is Documenta in Athens?"
Thoughtful - The lost blue helmet
25 x 18 cm
Is Documenta in Athens to sell tanks from Kassel
red spray paint on tent
200 x 140 cm
In front of The Fridericianum during 60th anniversary of the Documenta
Statements on each side: “ALWAYS QUESTION THE STRUCTURE”, ”IS DOCUMENTA IN ATHENS TO SELL TANKS FROM KASSEL”, “ULTRACONTEMPORARY”.
black marker text on carton and color print
30 x 18 cm
The exhibition is based on the artists questioning of Documenta in Kassel and Athens as well as Venice Biennale.
The gallery space will in four months be used as the artist's headquarter, where the exhibition will be changing in phases.
The artworks are dealing with questions such as “Is Documenta Dangerous?”, “Why Athens?” and “Do artists have a role or a function?”. The artist's intention is to open a debate about the role and the influence of the big global art events such as biennales and Documenta. He is looking into their structure and the concept in order to understand their anatomy and their real motivations. The aim of the exhibition is thus to train the awareness muscle and the critical thinking in the art world.
The exhibition #documentasceptic is part of the art format BIENNALIST.
For decades the artists have questioned the canvas and the pigment. Since 60-70's, with the conceptual artists such as Marcel Broodthaers, also the museums were questioned as part of the Institutional Critique movement with Daniel Buren, Andrea Fraser and Hans Haacke. With BIENNALIST and other artformats Thierry Geoffroy/ COLONEL has since 1988 been questioning the structure of the contemporary art world with a special focus on biennales and Documenta. BIENNALIST artworks have been exhibited in museums such as ZKM Museum in Karlsruhe and Sprengel Museum in Hannover.
BIENNALIST is an art format created by Thierry Geoffroy/ Colonel, which responds to and questions the themes of staged global art events such as Documenta, international art fairs, festivals, and conferences. The themes of each event are being taken seriously and studied by BIENNALIST in order to contribute to the debate they want to generate. Often BIENNALIST converges with other formats such as Emergency Room (Today before it is too late)