A Review: Stories of wheels within wheels - looted art at documenta 14

  • Eleonora Vratskidou Technische Universität Berlin
Keywords: documenta, looted art, colonial history

Abstract

The recent documenta 14 (2017) addressed the question of art theft and war spoliations, taking as its point of departure the case of Cornelius Gurlitt (1932-2014). One can fully embrace the curatorial engagement in revising exclusive Western canons of art history. However, this revision  was accomplished by means of objects of colonial appropriation. In such instances, the critical reflexive turn of Western art his­tory upon its canonical self stumbles against the violence of looting and dispos­session often inflicted in the name of scientific ideals and accumulation of knowledge, leading to yet another "story of wheels within wheels".
Published
2018-05-24
How to Cite
Vratskidou, E. (2018). A Review: Stories of wheels within wheels - looted art at documenta 14. Journal for Art Market Studies, 2(2). https://doi.org/10.23690/jams.v2i2.70
Section
Articles