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At Documenta 13
Documenta, held every five years in the central German city of Kassel, is the art world’s equivalent of the Olympics. While its scale may be rivalled by Venice, its quinquennial timetable and large budget allow curators time to develop an elaborate vision, and it has often been used to test the temperature of contemporary art production. Some previous editions have been influential in changing the direction of the art world—for instance, Catherine David’s documenta 10 and Okwui Enwezor’s documenta 11 (to use the official typography) did much to push it towards documentary and a greater engagement with politics.
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