Once every five years, the massive art festival transforms the small German city of Kassel into a hotbed of culture. A million visitors are expected by mid- September, to admire works of art like 'The Parthenon of Books.'
Critics claimed the "Auschwitz on the Beach" performance planned at Germany's premiere art show relativized the Holocaust by comparing it with the refugee crisis. The Documenta now wants to open up discussion.
An obelisk with a refugee-friendly Bible verse could become a permanent fixture in Kassel after the Documenta art show. A right-wing German politician has protested, evoking Nazi vocabulary by called it "disfiguring."
The northern German city of Kassel will get its fill of visitors when it opens Documenta on June 10. The world's most prestigious contemporary art show will show works from over 160 artists.
The general population does not always feel engaged by Kassel's modern art show, but the Documenta 14 wants to change this. Even before its opening on June 10, several participatory projects are underway.
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