October 2012

Documenta 13

Daniel Birnbaum

WHAT WOULD IT MEAN to think that things could have stories as troubled as those of people? Many of the objects in this year’s Documenta—among them engines, a beehive, a palette knife—had complex, sometimes difficult, stories to tell. Take the Korbinian, a German apple. Its origin arguably lies in 1923, when the Bavarian priest, activist, and apple lover Korbinian …

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