Bernd Leifeld, CEO of documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH announced on 22 November 2013, Adam Szymczyk as Artistic Director of Documenta 14, that will take place from June to September 2017 in Kassel.
The 42 years Adam Szymczyk is Director and Chief Curator of the Kunsthalle Basel since 2003, and previously he was curator of Warsaw’s Foksal Gallery Foundation from 1997. Over the past 10 years he organized exhibitions with contemporary artists including Pawel Althamer, Douglas Gordon, Susan Hiller, Edward Krasinski, Gregor Schneider, Job Koelewijn, Piotr Uklanski and Krzysztof Wodiczko. In 2011, The New York Times titled an article about him: “Superstar among curators”:
“What made Mr. Szymczyk stand out, according to Iwona Blazwick, who served on the selection committee and is the director of the Whitechapel Gallery in London, was his championing of unknown artists. “This award is to support not the sort of people who have established museum profiles but to look at people who are experimental, who are giving artists their first big chance, which is quite risk taking and pioneering,” Ms. Blazwick said. “I think all of these words would describe Adam because if you go to the Kunsthalle Basel you are always sure of a big surprise, that is his hallmark.”