documenta 14

Exhibition of contemporary art – funded as a cultural institution of excellence

Since its debut in 1955, the documenta has become one of the world’s most influential and internationally acclaimed exhibitions of contemporary art. Every five years, the exhibition presents a multitude of current international artworks for 100 days straight.

Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk has proposed a twofold structure, reflected in the working title "Learning from Athens", as the guiding principle for documenta 14. In 2017, Kassel and the Greek capital will host the exhibition on an equal footing: Kassel has relinquished its hitherto undisputed position as the central exhibition venue in favor of another role, namely that of a guest in Athens. As well as coming to bear on the actual process of creating an exhibition in two parts, the different locations and divergent historical, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds of Kassel and Athens inspire and influence the individual works of art.

Participating artists have been invited to think and produce within the context of the emerging dynamic relationship between these two cities and to develop a work for each of the two locations. documenta 14 seeks to encompass a multitude of voices in, between, and beyond the two cities in which it is situated, reaching outside the European context from the vantage point of the Mediterranean metropolis of Athens, where Africa, the Middle East, and Asia come face to face.

The curators did not choose Greece arbitrarily, but because it symbolises a rapidly changing global situation: “It embodies the economic, political, social and cultural dilemmas which Europe is being confronted with today – in the same way Kassel in 1955 represented the need to address the trauma of destruction which National Socialism brought to Germany, and likewise served as a strategically vital location at the onset of the Cold War. Athens exemplifies the current problems which go above and beyond the proverbial view of the ‘Greek crisis’ as these problems are just as European and global in scope as they are Greek, and are by no means resolved.”

On April 8, documenta 14 opens its exhibition in Athens. Extending over the city in more than 40 different public institutions, squares, cinemas, university locations, and libraries, over 160 international artists will show works newly conceived for documenta 14.

Date
08.04.2017 - 16.07.2017 Athens Exhibition
10.06.2017 - 10.09.2017 documenta Halle, Museum Fridericianum and other Venues, Kassel Exhibition