Documenta (13), June 2012

Documenta (13), June 2012

Absolut shares documenta (13)’s commitment to developing research and new works across multiple disciplines. This resonates with absolut´s engagement with artists working across different media. Absolut is particularly excited about documenta (13)’s focus on conviviality and lending its support to projects that bring people together through art.

“I am pleased by the partnership with Absolut as both dOCUMENTA (13) and Absolut focus on conviviality and the continuity of the body in and with all forms of organic life. This is a colorful Documenta and committed to creating moments of being together in meaningful ways. The Maybe center for conviviality supported by the Absolut provides such a condition.” - Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13)

Absolut is delighted to be a Patron of dOCUMENTA (13) and to support The Maybe Center for Conviviality; Artists’ Cocktails Here at the Absolut Maybe Bar.

The Maybe Center for Conviviality

The Maybe Center for Conviviality is a platform for research into art and key contemporary issues in our society including the cultural relationship between food, drink, art and creativity. Located within the Ständehaus, at the heart of dOCUMENTA (13), The Maybe Center for Conviviality will be the site of a sharing of knowledge and ideas by some of today’s leading artists, writers, theorists, scientists, anthropologists, and philosophers. 100 days of programming at the center will include panel discussions, talks, lectures and performance. Full programme information will be disclosed on Wednesday, 6 June on the dOCUMENTA (13) and Absolut.

Artist´s Cocktails

Absolut supported artists Ryan Gander and Mario García Torres to conceptualize a fully operational bar to act as a unique meeting place in The Maybe Center for Conviviality. Both artists share an interest in mixology, and have chosen to approach the bar as an opportunity to share their discoveries with the wider public.

Gander is currently compiling a book of 100 cocktails conceived by the artist’s friends, while García Torres, inspired by Yves Klein’s blue cocktails famously served during an opening at the Iris Clert Gallery (1958), began collecting historical cocktail recipes based on the notion that cocktails can be conceived as a work of art. Thirteen different cocktails will be served as part of Artists’ cocktails here at both the Absolut Maybe Bar and a selection at the Wandering Bar, a mobile bar appearing at key events throughout dOCUMENTA (13). Cocktail recipes include an artist’s tear, a dried bee and unique serving instructions. Additional cocktails will be designed to be undrinkable, existing only as a concept like Fiona Banner’s Punch, served with a boxing glove and a bell.

A signature cocktail, Absolut Artemisia, was developed in collaboration with Absolut mixologists Andres Basile Leon and Erik Andersson on the occasion of dOCUMENTA (13). It will be available at select bars and restaurants around Kassel. “The invention of a cocktail holds many similarities to the conception of a work of art. Choosing ingredients with backstories and cultural references, as well as specifics in their aesthetics, and jumbling them together with strategies and devices that produce associations and collisions. For me the work of requesting and gathering newly invented cocktails from artists over the last few years has been like the role of a collector, and the book that is in production, 100 Artists’ Cocktails, will ensure it was also one of conservator. It’s nice to see artwork fall into the everyday world that way” Ryan Gander, artist.

Pierre Huyghe - Beetle Juice Pierre Huyghe - Beetle Juice
  • 1 leaf from an orange tree
  • 1 bee (dried)
  • 1 drop of orange blossom honey
  • Triple sec
  • Limejuice
  • Transparent very fine glass
  • NOTE: This drink contains an actual bee, please take care when drinking
The Polonium Litvinenko The Polonium Litvinenko by Gabriel Lester
  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Blue Curacao
  • Lime Juice
  • Clove
  • Tonic Water


Photo Credit: Mario Garcia Torres, Ryan Gander

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