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Exhibition Documenta 14 hosted in the Gennadius Library

April 08, 2017


The prestigious contemporary art exhibition Documenta 14 is opening this week. This year it is split between the cities of Athens and Kassel. It kicks off in Athens on 8 April (until 16 July) and in Kassel, where it was launched in 1955, on 10 June (until 17 September).

We are very proud to announce that during Documenta 14, the Gennadius library is hosting three artists:
Learning from Timbuktu, a project by curator Igo Diarra involving artists from the network he has built up as the founder and director of the art space La Medina in Bamako, Mali.

A film by Ross Birrell, dedicated to the recent destruction by fire of the library of the Glasgow School of Art, originally designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, provides a counter-narration.

In the peaceful gardens of the Gennadius Library, another library is created by Banu Cennetoglu: 145 slabs of lithographic limestone bear all words of a diary, which was once published as a book and has now been condemned to vanish. As Mikhail Bulgakov famously said, “manuscripts don’t burn.” What has been written, will remain.

The opening of Documenta 14 is on Saturday April 8. On that day the exhibition at the Gennadius Library will be open from 11.00 am to 21.00 pm. Please join us at the opening or during the next 100 days to celebrate our participation in this significant art exhibit.

You can visit the exhibition at no charge during the opening hours of the Library:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday - 9:00 to 17:00
Thursday - 9:00 to 20:00
Saturday - 9:00 to 14:00

Please note the reduced hours during Easter break: The Gennadius Library will remain closed from Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm through Tuesday, April 18, 2017.