the Olympics of Contemporary Art
While the world waits with bated breath for the 2012 Olympics is London, my interest lies across the Channel in a little city of Kassel, Germany. Every 5 years, the art world gather here to celebrate the dOCUMENTA, one of the most important art exhibitions in the world that showcases the latest in modern and contemporary art.
For 100 days (June 9 - September 16) over 150 artists present a wide spectrum of contemporary art, paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, performance art, etc, from 55 countries. It's a spectacular event that turns much of this industrial town into (literally) a walking museum, and there are displays of art works and exhibits throughout the center of the city, including the Orangerie.
This year's Documenta focusing on the trauma of war consists of more than 300 participants, and trying to see the entire exhibition in few days was overwhelming. However, I wouldn't miss it for the world. I have visited Kassel to see dOCUMENTA for the past 15 years, and every time, I leave with new knowledge and perspective of the world.