Kassel comes to Athens – documenta 14


For the first time in its 62 year history, the Kassel based documenta will split exhibition venues with another location – Athens.

Documenta (link), an international exhibition of contemporary art, was founded in 1955 in Kassel by Arnold Bode in an attempt to lift German art-conscious from the hard right repressive period of Nazism. The first exhibition highlighted paintings by artists classified as “degenerate” by those who knew better in the 1930s.

The highly regarded and anticipated event is held every 5 years and this year documenta 14 is scheduled in Athens from 8 April to 16 July and in Kassel 10 June until 17 September 2017.

The Greek National Museum of Contemporary Art (NMCA) link will house a significant proportion of the international art exhibition in Athens, while a sizeable portion of the NMCA collection will then be put on show in Kassel.

A series of events are planned for the Athens opening between April 6-8. These include a horseback procession through the center of Athens and a 100-day horseback journey covering 1,850 miles, from Athens to Kassel, passing through the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Serbia and Slovenia. The poor horses!

Those readers passing through Athens on horseback, foot, bicycle, public bus or taxi during those 100 days could be in for a treat or at least something to think about.

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One thought on “Kassel comes to Athens – documenta 14

  1. From Syntagma the contemporary art museum is a 20 min walk – 1.8km of which is on the Syngrou avenue urban race track.
    The museum suggests -“use caution – This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.”

    Bus #40 leaves Syntagma and after 4 stops reaches the museum – 7 minutes in optimal conditions.

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