Man walking in the sky ©Stadt Kassel (Michael Schwab)
May 15, 2017

Destination modern art – documenta 14 in Kassel

The documenta, the world's most significant exhibition of contemporary art, takes place every five years. 'Learning from Athens' is the theme for the 2017 edition, which begins this coming June in Kassel.

For 100 days from 10 June 2017 to mid-September, documenta 14 will once again make the north Hessen city of Kassel a magnet for culturally minded visitors from around the world. The curators of the exhibition have invited more than 160 international artists to create installations for the event. Theatre, masks and performance art will play key roles this year, alongside the more traditional genres of work. Kassel will serve as a grand stage for the occasion, welcoming visitors with impressive sights such as baroque Wilhelmshöhe Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The event will combine lesser-known venues in the captivating Nordstadtquartier with traditional locations such as the Fridericianum, the documenta Hall, the New Gallery and Friedrichsplatz square, turning Kassel itself into a vibrant work of art. This celebration of culture will be accompanied by an extensive programme of readings, performances, music and dance.

A city that's an exhibition space in itself

On interactive tours you also can discover documenta works from the past that are displayed in public places. You don't have to be a fan of modern art to appreciate the 16-metre-high obelisk on Königsplatz square, the Parthenon of Books by Argentinian artist Marta Minujín or the newer installations. True to its status as the world's most important modern art show, the documenta will take place in two locations for the first time in its history – in Athens as well as its traditional home in Kassel. The exhibition in Athens has already begun and will run until 16 July, creating a cultural bridge between North Hessen and the Greek capital. You can find more information here or on the exhibition's own site, www.documenta.de.

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