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Programme for the InterNations visit to Dokumenta 14, Kassel, June 2017

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Here are some quick facts I have gleaned from the various material now available (their own website, which is one of the most unprofessional I have ever come across for a large-scale, international event such as this one: http://www.documenta14.de/en/; the articles on frieze.com: https://frieze.com/article/documenta-14-kassel-overview (scroll down and find one or two more); and the magazines already mentioned elsewhere):

The three main venues are: Dokumenta Halle, Neue Galerie, and Neue Hauptpost aka Neue Neue Galerie. (Fredericianum, an imposing and characteristic building centrally located by the Karlsaue (large park) which used to be the main venue, this time around houses works from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens).

Of the three, Neue Hauptpost (a disused post office) contains the majority of newly commissioned works and Neue Galerie exhibits historical works and research, while Dokumenta Halle shows installation art and documents performances.

Of all the “off-site” venues, Hessisches Landesmuseum is considered to be the most important to visit. Another option could be the old Hauptbahnhof, now used partly for art, and partly as a station for regional trains. Many other “other venues” show film and video art.

Based on the above, I have tried to further elaborate the programme (entirely optional of course). Feel free to let me know if you have stumbled on insights that I have not, and have special wishes and must-sees (also concerning where to have lunch and dinner …..). The programme is still a work in progress and can be changed according to wishes.

 

Thursday 22 June

Midday arrival of two people, as far as I know, so it should be easy to agree a meeting point either for lunch or dinner.

One of the leaflets I have found lists an area with several commercial galleries representing emerging artists (so not directly linked to Dokumenta 14), and I am planning on visiting those on this afternoon. Here is a map that shows – apart from my hotel 🙂 – the alledged “Galerienmeile” as well a three other recommended galleries a bit further away.

19.00 or later if it suits better: Dinner for those who are already in Kassel.

Friday 23 June

10.00 Two venues off the beaten track: Gottschalk-Halle and Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, perhaps followed by the Fredericianum if there is time. Meeting place Kulturzentrum Schlachthof or a more central place in order to walk or take public transport together.

13.00 (approx) Lunch

14.30 Karlsaue (which apparently is not showing as many works as traditionally, Neue Galerie and Bellevue (located so as to offer nice views).

19.00 (or later if it suits better) Dinner

Saturday 24 June

10.00 Dokumenta Halle; followed by Hessisches Landesmuseum if there is time.

13.00 (approx) Lunch

14.30 Neue Hauptpost; and the pavillions in Kurt Schumacher Straße (each featuring one artist)

19.00 Dinner

Sunday 25 June

10.00 Hauptbahnhof and/or anything we have not yet managed and/or only found out about while there. People returning to Berlin by train can take a regional train from here to the main station.

13.00 Lunch (if anybody is still there), and departures.

 

 

Wrocław, March 2016 – to be updated

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24 hours in Malmö, Sweden

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Two walks in the ‘new’ part of Malmö (‘the Turning Torso area’), and dinner at new Michelin restaurant Bloom in the Park. With my new Nikon toy (spot the rookie mistakes).

London October 2014

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Meeting up with my niece, who is currently a zookeeper apprentice at Banham Zoo near Norwich.

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Thursday 16 October: arrivals, some walking, coffee and cakes in Shaftesbury Avenue, and the musical Billy Elliot (a real tearjerker but with some incredible talent, especially the boy who played Billy Elliot, and catchy music by Elton John).

Friday 17 October: London Zoo, Frieze Art Fair (or that was the plan, but the queue was a mile long, so for another time, bring a fast-track ticket), a hands-on cooking lesson in Vietnamese Street Food, at Recipease, and the musical Urinetown – a musical with a social and environmental message. Strongly recommended.

Saturday 18 October: Walkabout, past Tower of London, this time with ceramic poppies, Borough Market,  past The Shard by Renzo Piano, an unsuccessful visit to Nike Town (Christine), The Lion King (Christine), Fair for Contemporary African Art (Helle), Indian restaurant (Masala) in Brick Lane.

A recommendation: If you are in the West End, the Strand area, looking for lunch, Tom’s Deli in the courtyard of Somerset House provides delicious, natural and seasonal food and a nice break from the crowds and the fraffic.

Sunday 19 October: Natural History Museum (with the building by Danish Architects C.F. Møller Architects opened in 2009, in the shape of en eight-story cocoon), and the Tsunami Memorial .

 

 

 

 

 

Warsaw with my two favourite teenagers 2007

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Washington, Philadelphia and Boston April 2006

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Western Balkans June 2013

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(Work in progress)

A visit to four West Balkan countries: Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Slovenia

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3. Plitvice-Zadar-Trogir 28 June

4. Trogir-Split-Dubrovnik 29 June

From sea to shining sea – in Spain

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Bilbao, Tarragona and Valencia, June 2014

Bilbao 22-23 June

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Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum (it was not allowed to take photos inside):

 

More impressions from Bilbao:

 

A trip to the Atlantic coast

Sopelana is one of several beaches within easy reach from Bilbao. Take Metro line 1 towards Plentzia to Sopelana (Sopela), go one block up and take the bus that goes between the station and the beach every half hour, or walk a little less than 2 km. Head for Hotel Goizalde (from there you can see the sea), and – overlooking the beach – El Peñon.   By the way, none of the eateries open till 13.00 hrs.

24 June an early-morning train ride to Tarragona

A misty morning en route:

And after a comfortable six-hour train ride, arriving in Tarragona in pouring rain, thunder and lightning:

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PS: Be aware that Camp Tarragona, the station for regional trains, is miles away from the centre of Tarragona, and seemingly in the middle of nowhere. There is another station in the centre of Tarragona, but many regional trains do not go there. There is a bus, on paper every half hour, but I waited almost an hour and half before it came. It goes to the main bus station in Tarragona at the bargain price of 2 euro.

The weather cleared in time for a late afternoon walk around the old part of Tarragona:

25 June: Pont de les Ferreres (Roman aqueduct) and “Local forum”

This Roman aqueduct, aka Pont del Diable, is only four km away from the centre of Tarragona (Plaza Imperial). Take bus 85 there in about 15 minutes and then follow the signs. To return to Tarragona, you have to take the bus from the same place and go all the way around. This trip takes about 35 minutes.

If you want to make a day of it, it is a beautiful nature area with well-marked hiking trails. I did not see any signs of any pitstops, so bring your own sustenance.

Back in Tarragona: Castell Monument by Fracesc Angels.

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A visit to the ‘Local Forum’ or ‘Colonial Forum’ dating back to year 30 BC:

 

The market:

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And of course the beach:

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26 June: A mid-morning bus ride from Tarragona to Valencia

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The first couple of hours were quite scenic, the last part less so. After about 2,5 hours the bus stopped for 45 minutes at a motorway cafeteria with relatively decent food (and really good coffee …..).

26 to 29 June: Valencia

Jardin del Turia used to be a river but got diverted after a devastating flood in 1957, and the riverbed is now a very, very long park below street level, flanked by busy one-way streets and crossed by many rivers. There are walking/jogging and bike paths, playgrounds, a zen garden, and spaces for outdoor concerts. In places, it is wide enough for a football patch, tennis courses, and even the occasional travelling circus. It also has a great variety of flowers, bushes and trees.

 

The central market in Valencia is 8.160 square metres of pure food paradise:

 

City of Arts and Sciences, Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, comprises a.o. an imax cinema and planetarium, one of Europe’s largest aquariums, an interactive science museum and an opera house and performing arts centre.

 

Bioparc (Valencia zoo):

 

Some impressions from the historical centre of Valencia (which unfortunately is not car free):

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Unfortunately, contemporary art seems to be sadly lacking in Valencia. These three galleries are listed, but I did not have time to visit: Kessler Contemporary, Tomás March Gallery, Galeria Puchol. For next time, then. I am definitely not done with Valencia.

Rome, May 2012

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The focus was on contemporary art and modern architecture, but first some general impressions:

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…… from Rome Contemporary Art Fair:

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and from Maxxi National Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Zaha Hadid; from Macro Museum of Contemporary Art, and from Auditorium Parco della Musica designed by Renzo di Piano:

 

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