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Jennifer Allen talks with the curators of Documenta 12

SINCE ITS INAUGURATION in 1955 in Kassel, Documenta has become perhaps the most highly anticipated linchpin of the art-world calendar, arriving every five years to provide an assessment of the international field of contemporary art. But in the case of Documenta’s twelfth iteration, expectation has turned to something like intrigue: Less than two months before its June 16 opening, the show remains shrouded in mystery. You may have heard about the three questions that artistic director Roger M. Buergel unveiled as curatorial leifmotifs in 2005: “Is modernity our antiquity?”; “What is bare life?”; and “What is to be done?” Perhaps you also know about an enormous plastic pavilion designed by French architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal to house installations in Kassel’s Karlsaue park. And then there are the pedagogical experiments that Buergel and his cocurator, art historian Ruth

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