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The documenta archiv preserves materials produced during the documenta exhibitions, as well as the collection of relevant documentation such as publications, image and text materials.

Untere Karlsstr. 4, 34117 KasselPhone +49 56170727-3100Opening Hours Reading Room: Tuesday to Friday from 9.00 am til 4.00 pm, Thursday from 9.00 am til 7.00 pm

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Neue Galerie, Kassel

Bauhaus and documenta are two globally successful cultural brands that stand for a cosmopolitan, innovative and modern Germany.

Günther Becker’s familiar 1955 photograph of Wilhelm Lehmbruck’s Die Kniende (1911) in the rotunda of the Museum Fridericianum serves as an important record of documenta’s beginnings.

“Please take off your shoes” was requested of people who wanted to have a look inside the red wooden pavilion that was created by the artists David Medalla and John Dugger in the garden of the Museum Fridericianum for documenta 5 in 1972.

“Come hear Uncle John’s band by the riverside. Got some things to talk about, here beside the rising tide …” several times a day, the polyphonic country song by the Grateful Dead could be heard on the 1st floor of the Fridericianum.

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