Foreign Minister Steinmeier: documenta 14 will build a bridge between Kassel and Athens

29.10.2015 - Press release

In the spring of 2017, documenta 14 will not only be opened in Kassel. At almost the same time, the world’s most important modern art show will be presented in Athens, as a further conceptual location, for the first time. Under the motto “learning from Athens”, the public is invited to view the developments in Greece and Europe in recent years from an artistic perspective. Artists will work with and in both locations, thus facilitating cultural co-production.

On the margins of his visit to Athens today (29 October), Foreign Minister Steinmeier welcomed the concept by Adam Szymczyk, artistic director of documenta:

I am pleased that Adam Szymczyk is enabling documenta to build a bridge between Greece and Germany. Learning culturally from each other is also the foundation for political understanding. For this reason, the Federal Foreign Office will also provide financial support to documenta, as I informed the Mayor of Athens today.

documenta 14 will open in Athens on 8 April 2017 and on 10 June 2017 in Fridericianum in Kassel. Each venue will be open for 100 days. The first documenta opened in Kassel on 15 July 1955. Since then, the exhibition has been held 13 times. documenta is regarded as the world’s most important contemporary art exhibition.

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