Aegean Airlines has become the sponsor and first official airline partner of documenta 14 — one of the art world’s most prestigious events that will be coming to Athens in 2017 — it was announced on Friday during a press conference at the ITB Berlin trade show.
For the first time in documenta’s 60-year history, its fourteenth edition takes place in Athens (April 8–July 16, 2017) and Kassel (June 10–September 17, 2017), marking a new departure for the exhibition as both guest and host.
Aegean Airlines becomes the first official airline partner in documenta’s history and plans to schedule two direct flights per week between Athens and Kassel from April 2017 to facilitate travel for d14’s visitors. Further details will be announced in summer 2016.
“We are very proud that Athens, the metropolis of Greece will co-host with Kassel documenta 14, one of the most prestigious international art exhibitions”, Aegean Airlines’ PR manager, Roula Saloutsi, said.
“With our direct flights between Kassel and Athens, we hope to contribute to documenta 14’s success as well as give our visitors a first taste of Greek hospitality even before reaching our country.”
Aegean is just one of the several alliances documenta has forged with travel experts from the tourism industry, both in Germany and Greece, considering the large number of visitors expected to make their way from Athens to Kassel—and vice versa.
Partners who will support documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel also include the Greek National Tourism Organisation, the City of Athens and Athens Development and Destination Management Agency , the City of Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, the City of Kassel, and Kassel Airport.
“We are pleased to announce the expansion of our flight schedule in spring/summer 2017… The flights will not only directly connect Kassel to documenta 14 in Athens, but will also provide an opportunity for visitors to travel from Athens on to further destinations in Greece”, Ralf Schustereder, CEO of Kassel Airport, said.
“Documenta 14 – ‘Learning from Athens’ puts our city on the international art map”, Maria Logotheti, Head of the Mayor’s Office and Chairman of the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency, said.
“Foreign artists visiting Greece will influence and converse with the Greek local art scene.”
On his part, Dimitris Tryfonopoulos, General Secretary of Greek National Tourism Organisation, said that through documenta 14 in Athens, its international—and local—visitors will have the opportunity to learn about Athens.
“A city that combines: architecture, history, heritage, arts, and, most importantly, the Athenian people who are looking forward to welcome documenta’s public and visitors”, he said.