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Untere Karlsstr. 4, 34117 Kassel
Phone +49 561 70 72 73 100
e-mail archiv@documenta.de


Opening Hours of the Reading Room:
Tuesday to Friday
From 9.00 am til 4.00 pm

With appointment via lesesaal[at]documenta.de

Online inquires for the records, media and library material can be sent directly to the following e-mail addresses:

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The conference "IN | OUT" is dedicated to the complex mechanisms of selection in the context of the first documenta (1955). Curatorial decision-making processes, art-theoretical decisions, individual assessments of quality and personal networks, as well as economic interests and constraints will be discussed. At the same time, it is important to question the methodological and social relevance of the concept of canon.

The American painter and sculptor Ida Applebroog (1929-2023) died on October 21 in her hometown of New York. The important pioneer of feminist art was represented twice with her works at the documenta in Kassel: At documenta 8 (1987) and documenta 13 (2012), which brought about a rediscovery of her work in Germany.

The documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH is looking for a Digital Curator (m/f/d) for the documenta archiv as soon as possible.

No other German state is home to as many important works and actions by Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) as Hessen, with locations such as Kassel, Frankfurt and Darmstadt. A new publication by the Hessische Kulturstiftung sheds light on Beuys in Hessen.

The Colombian painter and sculptor Fenando Botero has died at the age of 91. He was among the best-known artists in Latin America. At documenta 6 (1977) he was represented with four large-format pencil and charcoal drawings, whose pictorial themes humorously varied art historical role models such as Albrecht Dürer and Diego Velázquez.

The German-Iraqi artist and animal liberation activist Lin May Saeed (1973-2023) died on August 31. As part of documenta 13, she was involved in the installation "The Worldly House" by Danish artist Tue Greenfort.

Our latest studio exhibition in the reading room sheds light on the historical section "Book Art" at documenta 6 (1977) and provides insight into the collection of artists' books in the documenta archiv's special library by presenting a selection of highlights.

"Exhibition Politics. Die documenta und die DDR" will be published in the spring of 2024 in the documenta archiv series.

This year, for the third time, two international fellows of the Goethe-Institut are guests in Kassel: Since June, the documenta archive team has been strengthened by Claudia Cendales Paredes from Bogotá and Rahul Dev Prasad from New Delhi.

Surprises in the archive: During the indexing of the files on DOCUMENTA IX (1992), an unusual find was made: for over 30 years, a bundle of D-Mark bills, some expired checks, and some small change lay slumbering among the documents. Equally unusual is the original purpose of the money: it was entrance fees for the supporting program "DOCUMENTA BOXING".

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