For the first time since its conception in 1955, the legendary contemporary art event documenta is venturing beyond its traditional hometown venues; its fourteenth incarnation will be equally co-hosted by two cities: its hometown of Kassel in Germany and the city of Athens in Greece.
In partnership with Greece’s National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), documenta will launch its fourteenth edition in Athens on 8 April 2017. An established cultural destination, Athens offers a plethora of opportunities for art lovers and enthusiasts to explore the role of art in Greek culture and discover Greek artists and masterpieces, from the unnamed masters of pre-history to the virtuoso iconographers of the Cretan School and the up-and-coming young artists of today. And expert-led cultural tours are a great way to explore the city, learn about Greek art through time, and get in the mood for one of the most anticipated art events of the year.
Infamous for not disclosing details on the venues or the participating artists until the exhibition commences, documenta is a prestigious art event that pushes boundaries and challenges not just art in its various manifestations but also art theory and conceptions around it. Held every five years, each event is unique and draws crowds from all over the world—dOCUMENTA (13), which was held in 2012, attracted almost one million visitors!
Since its original incarnation in 1955—an attempt to bring modern and contemporary art back into focus in Germany after decades of banishing and cultural repression under Nazism—the event continues to boldly bring together art and the political, embracing subversive work, provoking and raising questions about culture, public accessibility, finance, identity, and history, and of course challenging social presumptions about art itself.
While details of documenta 14’s program and venues haven’t been revealed, the exhibition is expected to be held in various key locations around the Greek capital. It has been confirmed that the EMST will be the exhibition’s main venue in Greece, and its own collection of works by Greek and international contemporary artists will in turn be hosted at documenta’s primary venue, the Fridericianum in Kassel.
Provocative, controversial, and inspiring, documenta 14 is a must for anyone who wants to explore the forefront of contemporary art in a historic first that will see one of the world’s largest and most important contemporary art events held in Athens.
Taglined Learning from Athens and building on the Greek capital’s vibrant contemporary art scene, the 100-day long art show will be an unprecedented opportunity to not only experience one of the world’s most important art events in its first ever journey outside Kassel but to also explore the local art scene.
From the galleries of Kolonaki to the pop-up art spaces in the capital’s downtown areas, Athens is a city of arts, full of unique opportunities to explore and experience the work of modern and contemporary Greek artists: You can visit world-class art museums and galleries; take a cultural tour through the winding alleyways of Plaka, Monastiraki, and Psirri to discover the work of the new breed of Greek artists and designers; visit exhibitions of both international and Greek contemporary art in a variety of venues and art spaces across town; and even opt for a cultural experience that will take you inside a local artists workshop, to talk art and get a behind-the-scenes look at what drives the city’s art scene today. And with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the legendary documenta 14 to boot, now’s the best time to do it.