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One of the world's premier art events opened in Athens Saturday, bringing a much-needed spotlight, artistic inspiration and visitor boost to crisis-hit Greece's run-down capital. Documenta 14 – the contemporary art event held every five years in the German town of Kassel – has put the work of over 160 international artists on display in over 40 public institutions, squares, cinemas, university campuses and libraries in and around the Greek capital, showcasing painting, performances, sculpture and sound art.Germans who look closer will discover that Greeks have gone through major hardship, Steinmeier said, while Greeks will find that other Europeans are not "cold and one-sided".Some 860,000 people visited the last edition, in 2012, and Athens officials hope the Greek leg will draw over 6,500 visitors.In Athens, Documenta 14 is headquartered at the recently completed National Museum of Contemporary Art, a former brewery inaugurated in October after years of restoration work.
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