The much anticipated documenta 14 art exhibition of contemporary art has now opened in Kassel, Germany.

The 100 day festival has transformed the city of Kassel and will attract curious visitors for the rest of the summer.

documenta was founded by artist Arnold Bode in 1955 and was originally part of the Federal Horticultural Show (Bundesgartenschau). The idea was to place Germany in the modern art world. It’s safe to say that is definitely the case thesedays.

documenta attracts anyone who is anyone in the art world for its duration. The population of the city swells to at least five times its usual size and there’s an unparalleled, buzzing feeling on the streets. It’s not just art connoisseurs who enjoy the festival – with installations out in the open across the city – locals and curious visitors alike enjoy the atmosphere. Plenty of high flyers join in the fun too – Brad Pitt even flew into Kassel for documenta 13.

In Carl Goes Kassel, we asked our interviewees what the feeling in Kassel is like when documenta is on. Here’s a sneak peek of what they said:

“It’s beautiful that so many people come to Kassel with the sole purpose of looking at art, thinking about art, and discussing art.” Susanne Pfeffer, Director of the Fridericianum, one of the major documenta venues

“It’s a huge source of inspiration for all creatives coming to and living in Kassel. As an actor, it gives me a lot of inspiration for my roles. People from across the world come to our tiny city, spreading their stories and emotions, ideas and ideals. That creates a special feeling.” – Oliver Stokowski, actor (The Book Thief, The Experiment, Regular Guys)

“Kassel feels alive during documenta. Everyone is talking about new things and there are so many people coming and going, speaking different languages.” Khesrau Noorzaie, co-founder of SMINNO

“It feels different, with so many people to connect with and inspiring things going on every day. documenta is paradise for artists and art students.” Carmen José, Illustrator

“Kassel becomes the heart of the art world for 100 days.” – Kazuo Katase, former documenta artist

“As locals, it gives us the opportunity to look at something interesting every day and to get to know art from across the world.” Kira Kimm, co-founder of soki upcycling fashion store

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