In Focus: documenta and contemporary art

Masks made by the recently deceased Kwakwaka'wakw artist Beau Dick on display at 'documenta 14' art exhibition in Athens

documenta and contemporary art

Every five years, one of the largest contemporary art exhibitions takes place in Kassel attracting those interested in cultural events and modern art from all over the world. Since the 1950s it has been a platform for artists from Germany, as well all over the world, and well known for ambitious art projects and installations, some of which have remained in Kassel and become an important part of the city 's landscape. Our special feature brings you information about the upcoming documenta, as well as contemporary German art in the UK in case you can't make it to Kassel this summer.

“Man walking to the sky“ by Jonathan Borofsky was designed for documenta 9 in 1992, is in front of Kassel railway station

What is the documenta?

The documenta is one of the world’s major art exhibitions, held every five years in Kassel. Taking place this year from 10 June to 17 September, this year’s documenta will feature hundreds of artists tackling a wide range of subjects through various artistic mediums.

Building "The Parthenon of Books" in front of Kassel's Fridericianum for documenta 14

documenta 14 - collaboration between Athens and Kassel

2017 is a special year for documenta: for the first time ever, the iconic German exhibition series is set not only in Kassel, but also in Athens. Thanks to the extensive collaboration between documenta 14 and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, almost all of the 160 participating artists are showing their works in both cities.

"Giant Pool Balls"

The 'Sculpture Projects Münster'

Every ten years, the eyes of the art world are firmly fixed upon on Münster in North Rhine-Westphalia when the town plays host to a range of sculptures and installations situated throughout the town for the ‘Sculpture Projects Münster’. This year's project will be held from 10 June until 1 October

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Photography, sculpture and architecture - see German contemporary art in the UK

With Germany winning the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for Best National Participation in May and the 14th Documenta opening in Kassel in June, contemporary German artists are the talk of the town. Luckily you don’t have to travel far to see what’s cooking in German art studios. German artists are on display throughout the UK.

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Perspective on Change: The Goethe-Institut’s residency programmes

For five years Goethe-Institut London, Germany's cultural institute in the British capital, together with UK organisations has been supporting artists based in Germany offering them residencies in the UK. The aim of the Goethe-Institut’s worldwide residency programmes is to provide a space for new perspectives, wherein artists and cultural practitioners have the opportunity to live and work in another country and culture for an extended period of time.

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City Profile: Kassel

Karlsaue City Centre-Orangerie

Kassel, also occasionally called “Casselfornia” by its inhabitants, is located in the northern part of Hesse. Kassel has an important place in German history and bears many attractions and sights which have recently been awarded the certificate of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Culture, art and history are omnipresent: behind the doors of museums and galleries, in plain sight in the middle of Kassel’s central piazza or even next to streets – such as Joseph Beuys' project “Tree and Basalt” which has shaped Kassel’s alleys and pathways since the 1980s.

Event Calendar

Thomas Ruff exhibition in Whitechapel Gallery

Find out what's on in Germany and the UK! With the help of our calendar you can easily browse Germany-related events in the UK, and important events in Germany.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany

Collegiate church and Castle of Quedlinburg

Germany's 42 UNESCO World Heritage sites range from historical buildings and cathedrals to exceptional natural landscapes and even whole towns. You can find a wealth of information on the sites in Germany.