Happy New Year 2023

many things happened last year, and here we are at the beginning of a new year. a big thank you for all the generous support and thoughtful care for us through 2022. wishing you all the brightest light and goodness in 2023. hope to see you in the near future. ruangrupa

Conference “Let there be lumbung”

The conference Let there be lumbung from Tuesday, September 20 to Friday, September 23, 2022 at ruruHaus in Kassel, in the sense of nongkrong, provides a forum for contextualizing art practices by ways of lumbung. documenta fifteen invites to join the discussion of lumbung practices and its reception in different contexts. There are panels about…

We are angry, we are sad, we are tired, we are united.

Dear Christian Geselle, Angela Dorn, Susanne Völker, Claudia Roth, the Supervisory Board and the Shareholders of documenta, We are angry, we are sad, we are tired, we are united. We have tried our best to stay above the chaos, hostility, racism and censorship that have engulfed this edition of documenta. We have tried our best…

Speech by Ade Darmawan (ruangrupa) in the Committee on Culture and Media, German Bundestag, July 6, 2022

Dear members of the Bundestag, my name is Ade Darmawan, and today I’m addressing you as part of ruangrupa. Let me start with a brief comment about history. In 1955, Arnold Bode established documenta in Kassel, Germany, to heal the wounds of the Second World War. A few months before, in that same year, a…

Meydan #1

documenta fifteen public program MEYDAN #1 MEYDAN MUSIC FESTIVAL by Festival sur le Niger, RRREC Fest, Cinema Caravan 8, 9, 10 July 2022 Fri – Sat: 4 pm – 11 pm Sun: 4 pm – 10 pm Karlsaue Park, Kassel, Germany A collaboration between 3 festivals (Fondation Festival Sur Le Niger, Cinema Caravan, and RRREC…

documenta Finding Committee on the deinstallation of “People’s Justice” by Taring Padi

This article was published June, 23rd 2022 on documenta fifteen’s website “As members of the Finding Committee for the Artistic Direction of documenta fifteen, we stand fully behind our selection of ruangrupa to curate this year’s edition of the historic exhibition in Kassel. We have followed the process of its development at a distance. The…

ruangrupa and the Artistic Team on dismantling “People’s Justice”

This article was published June, 23rd 2022 on documenta fifteen’s website   documenta fifteen, against many odds, opened with a week full of joy, hope, exchange, and great atmosphere for the whole city of Kassel. For this we need to thank the whole documenta team, lumbung artists community, and everyone who has visited us since…

Antisemitism Accusations against documenta: A Scandal about a Rumor

This article was published on May, 7th 2022 on e-flux (English) and Berliner Zeitung (Germany) This is a letter from ruangrupa, the artistic team of documenta fifteen, and some curators of the recently canceled forum We need to Talk! Art — Freedom — Solidarity reflecting an ongoing debate in Germany around the upcoming edition of…

The Magazine On The Lumbung Practice: lumbung majalah

As part of documenta fifteen, ruangrupa in Indonesia is publishing two issues of a magazine, majalah that hones in on the core idea of the exhibition – collective working. The lumbung component in the title refers to the communal rice barn where Indonesian farmers store surplus crops to share. The two issues, Harvesting and Sharing,…

documenta and a Conversation

by Putra Hidayatullah Arnold Bode was 50 years old when he requested a colleague to add the letter “a” at the end of the word “document” to name an art event. When this happened, the Second World War had just ended. The war had also deeply affected the art scene in Germany. Previously, in July…