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Book presentation and talk

Book presentation and talk with Oliver Marchart (Professor for Political Theory at the University of
Vienna) and Sabeth Buchmann (art historian and critic, Professor of
Modern and Post-Modern Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna),
moderated by Dorothee Richter (Professor of Critical Curating at the
University of Reading and Professor at the Zurich University of the
Arts) on the occasion of the publication of Oliver Marchart, Hegemony Machines. documenta X to fifteen and the Politics of Biennalization, edited by Dorothee Richter,, and Marius Babias, n.b.k., Zurich, Berlin, 2022.

Oliver Marchart takes an analytical and provocative look at the last six documenta exhibitions in his 2022 essay Hegemony Machines. documenta X to fifteen and the Politics of Biennalization. Based on the theories of Antonio Gramsci, Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, Marchart describes museums and biennials as national and global hegemony machines that reproduce bourgeois dominant culture, but also make it vulnerable to attack.

Along with documenta’s recent history, Marchart traces a canon shift in the art field with regard to political art practices, theory, art education and the decentering of the West. Another focus of the presentation is the antisemitism debate surrounding documenta fifteen.

Free admission

(Program in German)
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