Documenta 14, one of the world’s biggest international modern art exhibitions, has been held in the German city of Kassel since 1955. For the first time the exhibition will take place in two cities – Kassel and Athens.
“Inspiration could be found in Greece, and more specifically in Athens,” according to Adam Szymczyk, artistic director, who believes that the Greek problems will soon become world problems.
The different locations and divergent historical, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds of Kassel and Athens inspire and influence the individual works of art.
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.
The main issues of this year’s exhibition are the refugee crisis, the financial crisis, restitution problems and censorship, Annie-Claire Geisinger, Communications Coordinator, said in meeting with foreign correspondents at the offices of FPA in Athens.
More than 130 artists will display their works during the 100 days of the exhibition throughout the museums, buildings and public spaces in Athens as of early April. The exhibition will include paintings, installations, music and film festivals.
One of the key projects of this year’s exhibition is the Parthenon of Books. The Parthenon of Books is a symbol of opposition to the banning of writings and the persecution of their authors. For the realization of this work, Argentine artist Marta Minujín and the documenta 14 team are collecting books that have now been published anew after having been banned for years.
Composed of as many as 100,000 banned books from all over the world, the work will be erected on Friedrichsplatz in Kassel, where some two thousand books were burned during the so-called “Aktion wider den undeutschen Geist” (Campaign against the Un-German Spirit).
The exhibition is expected to attract a lot of tourists in Athens. Documenta 13 saw a record number of visitors as it attracted more than 800,000 people.