Documenta 14 Athens
Ibrahim Mahama,Check Point Prosfygika. 1934–2034. 2016–2017, 2017, 2017, performance with charcoal sacks on Syntagma Square, Athens, documenta 14, photograph: Mathias Völzke

DOCUMENTA 14 ‘Learning from Athens’

Where: Various locations throughout Athens
When: On now - 16th July 2017
Why Go: See international artists at the forefront of contemporary art

About Documenta 14

Documenta, one of Europe’s most important modern art exhibitions, will be shown for the first time in its 62-year history outside the German city of Kassel. With its working title “Learning from Athens”, the exhibition aims to examine the European perspective from the vantage point of Greece. Artistic director of documenta 14, Adam Szymczyk chose to decentralise the event choosing Athens for its economic, political, social, and cultural dilemmas that is reflective of Europe today.

Examining issues such as mass migration, displacement and the search for identity, more than 160 artists will showcase new works over more than 40 locations throughout the city. The financial crisis will also feature as a strong theme, along with Greece’s political turmoil and social struggles.




City squares, cinemas, museums and libraries will host events from the program, however the official Athens-based partner is the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), the counterpart to Kassel’s Fridericianum Museum. EMST will host the largest documenta exhibition in Athens. Other venues in Athens include four annexes of the Benaki Museum, the School of Fine Arts, Syntagma, Avdi and Kotzia squares, the Athens Music Hall, the Byzantine and Christian Museum and the Greek Film Archive.

documenta 14 will continue to run in Kassel from 10th June to 17th September.




Documenta 14 Athens

A group show entitled ““HL2805xy57″ featuring;

Marina Abramović, Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Panos Charalampous, Irene Georgopoulou, Michalis Katzourakis, George Lappas, Aliki Pappa, Yorgos Papafigos, Vassilis Salpistis, Santiago Sierra, Takis and Marie Voignier.

Opening hours from 11/4 to 17/7:

Tuesday – Friday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Saturday: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Address: 12 Athinais St, Athens. T. +30 210 321 7931



Photograph: Why Athens | Documenta 14 Athens

One of the largest temples of the ancient world, the Temple of Olympian Zeus was first planned in 515 BC by Peisistratus the Young. Construction, however, stalled for more than six hundred years and only resumed in the second century AD under the command of Roman emperor Hadrian. During the Byzantine era, the marble of the temple was used for building the city’s nearby houses and churches. Of the temple’s 104 massive Corinthian style columns, only fifteen are still standing today, while one lies fallen; hit by a storm in 1852, it was left grounded in a line of symmetrical marble rings. The artists of Prinz Gholam perform at this archaeological site, moving their bodies in geometric constellations, a human inscription annotating the architecture and its present state.

May 13 and 19, 11–1 am
July 8, 5–7 pm



Documenta 14 Athens

Rasheed Araeen, Shamiyaana—Food for Thought: Thought for Change, 2016–17, canopies with geometric patchwork, cooking, and eating, Kotzia Square, Athens, documenta 14, photograph: Yiannis Hadjiaslanis

Rasheed Araeen presents an open structure that considers the environmental dynamics of the square and revitaliSes its activities through a gesture of hospitality. Under canopies inspired by the shamiana (a Pakistani traditional wedding tent) but reduced to a few colours and geometric patterns, Araeen invites people to sit together and enjoy a meal while reflecting on possible scenarios for social change. The food served is based on recipes from around the Mediterranean, prepared on the spot by Organization Earth.

Two sittings daily, seven days a week, sixty places available on a first-come, first-serve basis:
April 6–May 30, 1 pm, 3 pm
June 1–July 17, 6 pm, 8 pm



Documenta 14 Athens

Inside Ghikas’ mansion where he lived and worked in Athens. Photograph: Why Athens | Documenta 14 Athens

This Ghikas Mansion which belonged to the modernist artist Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, is a typical example of interwar Athenian architecture. The mansion was a meeting point for the Athenian intelligentsia of the era and was often photographed for international magazines. Today a visitor can see Ghika’s studio on the fifth floor, where some of his most representative paintings are on display.

Presented for the first time in conjunction with documenta 14 are silver prints by Ghika from his travels in Greece during the 1930s. Other permanent exhibitions are dedicated to themes from modern Greek cultural history, ranging from the Smyrna Catastrophe of 1922 to the junta’s dictatorship of 1967–74.  A small selection of paintings from the holdings of the National Gallery of Art in Tirana introduces an alternative modernity as a foil to the largely Greek-themed collection.

08/04/2017 – 16/07/2017

Fridays and Saturdays only

Holy Week Hours:
Good Friday 14/04/2017: 12:00-18:00
Holy Saturday 15/04/2017: 10:00-15:00

Address: 3 Kriezotou St, Athens. T. +30 210 361 5702


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