Challenging Assumptions: Documenta 14Documenta 14 kicks off in Athens for the first time with works from over 160 international artists. Here’s what to look out for in the Greek capital.

Challenging Assumptions: Documenta 14Documenta 14 kicks off in Athens for the first time with works from over 160 international artists. Here’s what to look out for in the Greek capital.

Since its founding in 1955 by artist and professor Arnold Bode, Documenta has been hosted every five years in the small German city of Kassel. This year, it takes place in two cities simultaneously. Titled Learning from Athens, Documenta 14 runs in the Greek capital until July 16 and will open in Kassel in June with a different, complementary program.

The idea for this new approach came from Adam Szymczyk, Documenta 14’s artistic director, who wanted the art exhibition to address the tension and complexity of the current socioeconomic climate in Europe and beyond. “It’s not an exhibition to admire, but an exhibition to make things look differently after you see it,” Szymczyk said in an interview. “We hope people are energized, moved or puzzled by the contents.” Here are the wo...

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