Documenta 2017

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The documenta in Kassel is one of the most important exhibitions of contemporary art in the world. It is held every five years and lasts 100 days. Arnold Bode founded it in 1955. A new artistic director is named for each documenta. Every director adds his own characteristics to the exhibition witch takes place in different venues all over Kassel. In November 2013 Adam Szymczyk was made to the curator of the documenta 14. He was born in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland, in 1970. After organising several exhibitions in Warsaw he came to Basel as the director of the Kunsthalle. The New York Times proclaimed him as a „curatorial rock star“ and as a „star of the curators“. Szymczyks idea is to start the documenta on the 8th of April 2017 in Athens and commence it on the 10th of June in Kassel. On the 17th of September the exhibition closes.

documenta in Kassel and Athens


The art exhibition therefore is going to be held in two cities next time. Every participating artist is asked to make an artwork for every of the two venues. The provisional title of the documenta 2017 is „learning from Athens“. Furthermore Szymczyk tries to work on the discussion about the Gurlitt estate on the documenta. Rolf Nikolaus Cornelius Gurlitt was heir of more than 1.500 artworks of his father Hildebrand Gurlitt. Pieces of this collection were taken by compulsory expropriation by the Nazis from their original owners. Gurlitt left the collection to the Kunstmuseum Bern after his death. So far, it is unlikely for Szymczyk to exhibit parts of the Gurlitt collection. To this day, the design of the exhibition, the documenta and the Karlsaue remains a secret – as well as the participating artists.

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