February 2, 2017

documenta – Kassel and Athens join forces


Every five years the German city of Kassel hosts the documenta, an exhibition of modern and contemporary art. Now, for the first time since its inception in 1955, Kassel will share that honor with a city located almost 3000 kilometers away: Athens.

Athens’ municipal council approved on Thursday the use of central squares by the artists of the “Documenta 14” modern art exhibition, part of which will be held in the Greek capital in April.

“Athens will be at the center of cultural interest and important foreign newspapers, such as the Guardian and the New York Times to host is to promote Athens as a dynamic center of modern culture and urge their readers to visit,” Athens mayor Giorgos Kaminis said.

Syntagma square, National Resistance square located in front of the city hall, Avdi square in Metaxourgio and the pedestrian walkway of Dionysiou Areopagitou will host original works by artists from around the world. Cultural bodies and universities are also cooperating with the exhibition.

Kaminis said that more than 5,000 people involved in art, such as museum directors and collectors have confirmed their participation, as well as 1,400 journalists from around the world.

The opening of the Athens exhibition, titled “Learning from Athens”, is scheduled for April 6, 7 and 8 and the event will last until July 12.

Source: Greekreporter.com

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