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.
By Furfur – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=58091917
Most of the art there is “site-specific,” meaning the artists plan their work to be uniquely installed and viewed at the Kassel site. Participating artists do represent many continents and countries, however. There are some 250 artists exhibiting at documenta 14 (it is customary to use the all-lower case typography here, as originated in the Bauhaus), and this year’s director is Adam Szymczyk. Viewers will enjoy a wide marvel of immense sculptures, interactive films and videos, contemporary paintings, hands-on geometric installations and much more.
Here is the official home page, where you can get a good sampling of the event’s overall aesthetic as it has grown and evolved over the years.
Thank you Christian!