documenta 14 shakes things up 

The prestigious international contemporary art show documenta has taken place for 100 days every five years in Kassel, Germany, since 1955. For the first time since its inception, documenta introduces a two-venture structure with locations in both Kassel and Athens. Located almost 3000 kilometers away from Kassel, which has been the sole host of the exhibition up until now, Athens will kick off the event on April 8 and moves on to Kassel in June. Extending over the Greek capital in more than 40 different public institutions, squares, cinemas, university locations, and libraries, over 160 international artists will show works newly conceived for documenta 14. Get ready to step into the ‘museum of 100 days’. 

Georgia Sagri, Attempt. Come., 2016. Performance as part of the opening Public Programs of documenta 14 at Parko Eleftherias, Athens, 2016. Photo: Stathis Mamalakis.

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Are you planning to go to either Athens or Kassel, then consider joining one of the WALKS: Paths, routes, and parcours cross and intertwine, as visitors consider the pathways taken by peripatetic thinkers as a point of departure for a reflection on the act of walking. Joining a member of the documenta 14 Chorus, visitors can create their own lines of inquiry, questioning and entering into dialogue as they unravel and unfold documenta 14 together.

Following documenta at a distance? Then tune in on documenta 14 for four hours daily worldwide PUBLIC RADIO: *Every Time A Ear di Soun,* a documenta 14 Radio Program, starts broadcasting this week during the night of April 8 at 12 midnight. *Cannibal Radio* from Athens and *Paranoise Radio* from Thessaloniki will mark the beginning of this project and will be on air with specially produced sonic art pieces from April 8 – April 27.

Exhibition hall, documenta 13, Kassel.

About documenta
Founded by the painter and academy professor Arnold Bode, documenta began as an exhibition of contemporary art that could bring postwar Germany back into dialogue with the rest of the world after the end of World War II and to connect the international art scene through a presentation of twentieth century art. 

In each edition, documenta has played a leading role in taking the international discourse about art in new directions. Over the past decades, documenta has established itself as an institution that goes far beyond a survey of what is currently happening, inviting the attention of the international art world every five years for this “museum of 100 days.” The discourse and the dynamics of the discussion surrounding each documenta reflects and challenges the expectations of society about art.

Each documenta takes its character from the ideas and concept of its Artistic Director, and is therefore not only a forum for current trends in contemporary art, but a place where innovative and standards-setting exhibition concepts are trialled. This year’s Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk is shaking things up by splitting the exhibition between Kassel and Athens, Greece, with an exhibition titled ‘Learning from Athens’.

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