The recent work by Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmus Public Collection of Modern Art (2014) proposes a subjective, non-exhaustive overview of Modern Art through the use of enactment. It is an attempt to claim history, to de-scale, de-monumentalize but also actualize and re-contextualize significant artworks and events from the history of modernity using only a few human bodies. Initially commissioned by the Van Abbemuseum for the Confessions of the Imperfect, 1848 – 1989 – Today exhibition, the work’s presentation in this context attempts a dialogue between the history of discourses and important moments of modernity and the history of the documenta exhibitions and their initial historical intention. The format of the work, even though immaterial, is that of an ongoing action-exhibition and relies on the same convention as any display of material objects. It thus reflects on questions of immaterial production and its economy in museum and gallery space as well as on the very notion of a permanent material collection that is traditionally seen as the corner-stone of the museum as an institution.
An event by the documenta Archive of the City of Kassel