Biennials & festivals

Greek artists get a share of the spotlight at Documenta 14 in Kassel

The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens will send part of its collection to Germany for the international exhibition


Greek artists will feature prominently at the Fridericianum, the main venue for Documenta 14 in Kassel, where the international exhibition opens on 10 June 2017. The institutional collaboration between Documenta and Greece’s National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens was announced at a press conference held at the German museum on Tuesday. However, any further details about the international exhibition, including the list of artists participating in either the Kassel or Athens components—the latter opens on 8 April—were not revealed.

The Fridericianum, the oldest museum in continental Europe, will host a portion of EMST’s collection of Greek and international artists from the 1960s to the present. The display will explore the relationship between artistic practice and history as marked by events such as the Greek dictatorship of 1967-74, said a curator from the Athens museum. Two-thirds of the exhibition will feature Greek artists, with an emphasis on those that participated in previous editions of Documenta. The museum’s collection also includes works by big-name international contemporary artists, such as a large fence sculpture by Mona Hatoum that is travelling to Kassel.

Meanwhile in Athens, EMST’s home in the former Fix brewery will be the main venue for the Athens leg of Document 14. Other public institutions in the Greek capital, including the Athens School of Fine Arts, the Athens Municipality Arts Center, parts of the Benaki Museum complex and several archaeological sites, will also host the exhibition.