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documenta 5, 1972 / Annick and Anton Herbert / Ben Vautier, Kunst ist überflüssig

documenta 5, 1972 / Annick and Anton Herbert / Ben Vautier, Kunst ist überflüssig

The exhibition focuses on the period around the historical events of 1968 when the Herbert collection began taking shape. The shifts in these years which took place in the social field as well as  the contacts with artists and some progressive gallery owners determined the vision of Annick and Anton Herbert on collecting.

The exhibition title ‘ Time Extended/Distance Extended’ refers to a work by Dan Graham that is part of the Herbert collection. The apparent contradiction between the strong definition of the period ‘1964 – 1978 ‘ and  the continuity in time  characterizes the structure of the exhibition. Because although the presented works and documents clearly relate to the period in which they were realized, their content is also valuable from a contemporary perspective.

Time Extended / 1964 – 1978 covers the ground and first floor of the exhibition space, and focuses on the period surrounding the historical events of 1968, within which the foundations for the Collection of Annick and Anton Herbert were laid. Works by Carl Andre, Art & Language, Daniel Buren, Robert Barry, Jan Dibbets, Gilbert & George, On Kawara, Mario Merz, Gerhard Richter, Niele Toroni and Lawrence Weiner, are complemented by a broad selection of Archive documents.

The presentation is the first part of a diptych in which the collection and the archive are bought together in a flexible but also in a sustainable way.


Herbert Foundation
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B-9000 Gent




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