Schneewittchen und der kopflose Kurator

Christian Saehrendt

Schneewittchen und der kopflose Kurator

Der Reiseführer für documenta-Besucher, Romantiker und Horrorfans

240 pages
Klappenbroschur
First day of sale: 21.04.2018
ISBN 978-3-8321-6308-2

CHRISTIAN SAEHRENDT
SCHNEEWITTCHEN UND DER KOPFLOSE KURATOR. Der Documenta-Reiseführer – für alle Kunstfreunde, Romantiker und Horrorfans /
SNOW WHITE AND THE BEWILDERED CURATOR. The Documenta-Travelguide – for All Art Lovers, Romantics and Horror Fans
Non-Fiction/Art
ca. 320 pp. with 50 illustrations
Spring 2017

Adventure Trip Documenta 2017

And again the entire art world will ask itself again why on earth this singular top art event has to take place in Kassel.
And yet, they do exist, these daredevils, who venture against all odds to travel to the Documenta-city. This charming and witty art travel guide to Kassel is dedicated to all those fearless, curious and hard-boiled travellers.

The old and new fairy tale worlds meet each other in Hesse in the summer of 2017. Documenta takes place here, the most important exhibition of contemporary art. The Brothers Grimm also collected their fairy tales here.
What do fairy tales and modern art have in common?
This book provides the answer. Its golden thread is made up by the notion that the history of modern art is laid out like a fairy tale narrative. There is namely no objective “one true” history of art but many different histories of art that are told by artists, dealers, collectors and curators.
One gets the impression that the art market has now taken the place of the mythical kingdom. How many Cinderella and servants are out there among today’s artists who believe deep down that they are in fact a princess or royal foundling and mixed up as a little child? The art market and the biographies of famous artists make use of today’s rags-to-riches fantasies; these post-modern fairy tales offer the present-day’s public miracles, magic and colourful dreams; they also provide some frights, terrors and – morals!
The author, a native of Kassel, tracks down these interactions in the Hessian landscape, serving the reader as pathfinder in the thicket of sagas, myths and fairy tales.

Christian Saehrendt

CHRISTIAN SAEHRENDT, geboren 1968 in Kassel, ist Historiker und Kunsthistoriker und wurde 2002 an der RuprechtKarls-Universität Heidelberg promoviert. Er lebt in Berlin und am Thuner See in der Schweiz. Bei DuMont erschienen u. a. 2015 ›Gefühlige Zeiten. Die zwanghafte Sehnsucht nach dem Echten‹ sowie seine gemeinsam mit Steen T. Kittl verfassten Bücher ›Das kann ich auch!‹ (2007/2013), ›Das sagt mir was!‹ (2008), ›Geier am Grabe van Goghs‹ (2010), ›Du hast die Haare schön!‹ (2014), ›Ist das Kunst oder kann das weg? Vom wahren Wert der Kunst‹ (2016).