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ANTIDORON - The EMST Collection

As documenta 14 continues its journey in Athens, having the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) as one of its main exhibition venues, an important part of the EMST collection travels to Germany, to be part of documenta 14 program in Kassel (10/6-17/9/17)

By: EBR - Posted: Tuesday, June 06, 2017

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The title embodies the mutual respect of both institutions, documenta 14 and EMST independently of their diverse commitments and missions, to discourse and to reinterpret essential issues and visual language. It deals with concepts such as trading, exchanging, sharing, giving and offering Antidoron (?????????, literally the return of a gift) or Antidanion (?????????o, the return of a loan either linguistic, cultural, or financial). The prefix ”anti” reveals a distinct position and consequently a view, not necessarily opposed to, but departing from a different point in order to communicate, to argue, to bridge, to converge, and to accept each other’s’ stances.
The title embodies the mutual respect of both institutions, documenta 14 and EMST independently of their diverse commitments and missions, to discourse and to reinterpret essential issues and visual language. It deals with concepts such as trading, exchanging, sharing, giving and offering Antidoron (?????????, literally the return of a gift) or Antidanion (?????????o, the return of a loan either linguistic, cultural, or financial). The prefix ”anti” reveals a distinct position and consequently a view, not necessarily opposed to, but departing from a different point in order to communicate, to argue, to bridge, to converge, and to accept each other’s’ stances.

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The exhibition ANTIDORON. 

The EMST Collection will occupy the whole emblematic building of Fridericianum. It comprises 82 artists and 180 works and it is curated by the Director of EMST, Mrs. Katerina Koskina, supported by Stamatis Schizakis and Tina Pandi, Assistant Curators and Iro Nikolakea in the Architectural design. It is presented in the framework of the Museum's series EMST in the World.
 
The exhibition at the Fridericianum marks the first time that the most part of the EMST collection is presented outside Greece, through a double relocation that renders EMST's home, one of the main venues of documenta 14 in Athens, and the Fridericianum, traditionally the centerpiece of a documenta, the temporary home of EMST's collection.
 
EMST began creating its collection in 2000. Its acquisitions now include more than 1,100 works by Greek and international artists from the 1960s onward. The exhibition ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection is an adapted version of the extensive museological study that will be displayed in full at the EMST spaces. Presented in the Fridericianum, the birthplace of documenta and the first public museum in Europe, the exhibition deals with issues of border crossings, diasporas, cultural exchange, existential quests, and mythologies, as well as personal and collective memories. Additionally, the Fridericianum's brief tenure as Germany's first parliamentary building makes it the most appropriate venue in which to show the works of several artists, active during the troubled postwar era and the ensuing decades of political upheaval and revolutionary re-imagination of society.

While the presentation of the collection maintains its international scope, it also emphasizes the presence of pioneering Greek artists, highlighting and revisiting their national and international journeys.
 
The title embodies the mutual respect of both institutions, documenta 14 and EMST independently of their diverse commitments and missions, to discourse and to reinterpret essential issues and visual language. It deals with concepts such as trading, exchanging, sharing, giving and offering Antidoron (?????????, literally the return of a gift) or Antidanion (?????????o, the return of a loan either linguistic, cultural, or financial). The prefix "anti" reveals a distinct position and consequently a view, not necessarily opposed to, but departing from a different point in order to communicate, to argue, to bridge, to converge, and to accept each other's' stances.
 
Until September 17, Fridericianum in Kassel becomes EMST's contemporary home in Germany, and ANTIDORON, a gift in return - when translated - symbolizing the shared benefits of this collaboration.

documenta 14

On June 10, documenta 14 opens its exhibition in Kassel. Extending over the city in more than 30 different public institutions, squares, cinemas, and university locations over 160 international artists show works newly conceived for documenta 14.
 
Artistic director Adam Szymczyk is proposing that visitors follow a parcours of documenta 14 in Kassel. This parcours begins at the Former Underground Train Station (KulturBahnhof) and extends through the Nordstadt district across Friedrichsplatz and in a southerly direction to the Torwache, the unfinished city gate. The parcours route, as well as information about the exhibition venues, can be found on the website of documenta 14.
 
The main exhibition venues are open from 10 am to 8 pm. Tickets are available online via documenta 14 and from June 10 at the documenta 14 shops on Friedrichsplatz, documenta Halle, Neue Galerie, and Neue Neue Galerie. Please note the ticket information on the website of documenta 14
 
Information material about documenta 14 and the daily program of events can be found in the Press and Information Center at Friedrichsplatz 4 in Kassel and at Mourouzi Street 16 in Athens as well as in the documenta 14 newspaper Public Paper that is available free of charge at all exhibition venues.
 
The documenta 14 exhibition in Athens opened on April 8, 2017 and runs until July 16, 2017.

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