Greatmore Studios | Lecture 1 by Marilyn Martin | Rome, Pompeii, and Venice

Marilyn Martin independent curator and writer, has once again generously offered Greatmore Studios the two lectures that she delivered at the recent Hermanus Fynarts Fees

Lecture 1 – 6 October
Lecture 2 – 20 October 2018

Art Safari 2017 – Italy and Germany

Once a decade an amazing confluence of major contemporary art exhibitions occurs – the Venice Biennale (every two years), Documenta in Kassel (every five years) and the Münster Sculpture Project (every ten years), both in Germany. Come with me as I retrace my steps to these events, as well as a pilgrimage to Rome and Pompeii.


Lecture 1 Italy – Rome, Pompeii, and Venice

My journey started in Rome, with William Kentridge’s monumental frieze, Triumphs and Laments, along the banks of the Tiber River. A day-long trip fulfilled my lifetime dream of visiting Pompeii. Then to Venice to join a group for the 57th Biennale: Viva Arte Viva in the Giardini and Arsenale, curated by Christine Macel, and as many of the 84 national pavilions and collateral events as possible. The latter included Damien Hirst at his spectacular best.

Lecture 2 Germany – Kassel and Münster

Documenta was founded in 1955 by artist Arnold Bode in an attempt to counter the cultural darkness of Nazi Germany. It has since become a point of reference for contemporary art and Documenta 14 was no exception. Under the title Universes in Universe artistic director Adam Szymczyk and his curatorial team occupied 35 venues in the city. Initiated in 1977, the Münster Skulptur Projekte is regarded as one of the world’s most important exhibitions of art in public spaces.

These will take place on Saturday, 6 October 2018 and Saturday, 20 October 2018 at 3 pm at Greatmore 47 49 Greatmore Street, Woodstock

Each lecture will be R100, to be paid in cash at the door, and will include tea and cake


Proceeds will go in full to operational costs for Greatmore Studios