Tip of the Week #114 – documenta 14 | Contemporary Art in Kassel, Germany

As we are now deep into the summer holidays, Developer Christian Mütze recommends a visit to this über-cool art exhibition.

Every 5 years in Kassel, Germany we have what we call the “museum of 100 days,” the world-renowned contemporary art exhibit called “documenta.” Currently in full swing, this year is documenta 14 (the 14th edition) and it runs from the 10th of June until the 17th of September. This year a version was also held in Athens, Greece, which just wrapped up last Sunday, 16 July. Most participating artists usually work in both venues.

documenta isn’t about selling art. It was born in 1955 as the brainchild of art professor and designer Arnold Bode, who wanted to focus on “Entartete Kunst” or “degenerate art,” as a reaction in post-World War II Germany. Thus the first documenta highlighted many works of abstract art from the 1920’s and 30’s which had been forbidden to view for several decades. Bode directed the first 4 documentas, gathering international attention and credentials. Since then there have been many directors, including the first woman and non-German speaker Catherine David for documenta X in 1992.