Adam Szymczyk has been elected as the Artistic Director of documenta 14, which is scheduled to take place from June 10th, to September 17th, 2017, in Kassel.

Adam Szymczyk is Director and Chief Curator of the Kunsthalle Basel.

Bernd Leifeld, CEO of documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH announced   that in an unanimous decision the supervisory board of documenta followed the proposal of the international finding committee, exisiting of eight members.

Minister of State Eva Kühne-Hörmann expects exiting perspectives on contemporary art by the appointment of Adam Szymczyk. “I am convinced that Szymczyk, a ground-breaking and idiosyncratic curator of art, will add new highlights to documenta.” The national and international significance of the documenta exhibitions cannot be overestimated.

The Lord Mayor of Kassel, Bertram Hilgen, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the organisation and Koyo Kouoh, speaker of the finding committee, presented the new Artistic Director in a press conference held at the documenta-Halle.
Lord Mayor, Bertram Hilgen stated

“After documenta is before documenta. One year after the exceptionally successful dOCUMENTA (13) the next international exhibition of contemporary art is shifting into its realisation phase, with the appointment of the Artistic Director of documenta 14.
Today we are very proud to be able to introduce Adam Szymczyk, the new Artistic Director, who has been selected from a group of highly qualified candidates. With great excitement we look forward to the next documenta, with high expectations past exhibition have always been able to exceed.

documenta 14 has been under way for quite some time already; the Finding Commission’s meetings have been frequent and intense and it has set to work with great commitment to and respect for their task. Its eight members were selected in a unique process; they include experts from all over the world, bringing to the selection procedure their great variety of perspectives. Politics, City and State do not have a say in the appointment, placing the responsibility for this decision entirely on the Finding Commission. The first step of the procedure is to contact possible candidates, who have attracted the attention of the individual members with the excellence of their work.  It is not possible for candidates to apply directly.

Following preparatory meetings, six candidates were asked to submit written concepts, which were then discussed with the members of the Finding Commission. Out of this group of six, three candidates were invited to a second round of meetings. After thorough deliberation, the members of the Finding Commission have agreed on Adam Szymczyk, who will be introduced to the Supervisory Board today.”

Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal and speaker of the finding committee.said :

„Adam Szymczyk stands for a close cooperation with artists. His projects are motivated by an insatiable curiosity, interlaced by integrity and research. I am convinced, that his documenta will add another chapter to our appreciation and our experience of contemporary art.

Electing Comittee
– Suzanne Cotter, Director The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal
– Chris Dercon, Director of Tate Gallery of Modern Art, London, Great Britain
– Susanne Gaensheimer, Director of Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
– Kim Hong-hee, Director of Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
– Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal
– Matthias Mühling, Curator Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München, Germany (beginning 2014: Director Lenbachhaus, München, Germany),
– Joanna Mytkowska, Director of Museum for Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland
– Osvaldo Sánchez, Director inSite05 Mexico-City, Mexico

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Photo: Fridericianum Kassel. Courtesy Documenta

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