dOCUMENTA 14 - Kassel, learning from Athens
Kassel: June 10 - September 17, 2017 (Athens: April 8 - July 16, 2017)
Each documenta is a unique endeavor that progresses toward a final outcome through multiple phases of research and discussion, proceeding on the basis of the original concept proposed by the Artistic Director. Accompanied by lively public debate, each documenta serves as a forum for reflecting on and presenting global developments in contemporary art, culture, and society, and as a tool used to rewrite art history and redefine contemporary exhibition practice.
Every five years, documenta presents new directions to an international audience. Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk has proposed a twofold structure for the exhibition, as reflected in the working title “Learning from Athens.” 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. The different locations and divergent historical, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds of Kassel and Athens have come to bear on the actual process of creating the two parts of the exhibition, while inspiring and influencing the individual works of art at the same time.
For documenta 14, 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 where it is situated, reaching outside the European context from the vantage point of the Mediterranean metropolis Athens, where Africa, the Middle East, and Asia stand face to face. The physical and metaphorical distance between Kassel and Athens fundamentally alters the way visitors will experience documenta 14—bringing into play feelings of loss and longing while redefining their understanding of what such an exhibition can be.
From Kassel to Athens
Between 29 March and 23 June 2017, Greek airline Aegean Airlines will be flying between Kassel and Athens twice a week, thereby connecting the two documenta venues. Flights will take off in Athens every Wednesday at 4:30 pm and leave from Kassel at 6:30 pm; the return flights leave Athens at 9:30 am on Fridays and Kassel Airport at 12:10 am. An Airbus A320 seats around 175 passengers.
Artistic Director documenta 14
Adam Szymczyk is cofounder of the Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw, at which he worked as curator from 1997 to 2003 before becoming director of the Kunsthalle Basel, where he organized over 100 exhibitions until the end of 2014. In 2008 he curated “When things cast no shadow,” the 5th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, in collaboration with Elena Filipovic. He is a member of the board of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and received the 2011 Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement from the Menil Foundation in Houston.
Adam Szymczyk was appointed Artistic Director of documenta 14 by an independent international jury in November 2013.
(photo: Nils Klinger)