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Together with ARTvanced and KAZimKUBA we invite you to the vernissage of the exhibition "IN MEMORIAM Monika Nikolic. Photography on Architecture and documenta."

4 - 21 July 2024 at the Kassel Architecture Centre in the Kulturbahnhof

The documenta archiv to receive an important donation: The internationally unique performance art archive "Die Schwarze Lade / the Black Kit: Archive for Performance, Action and Intermedia Art" to be presented by documenta artist Boris Nieslony

The American artist Frank Stella died on May 4 at the age of 87. The pioneer of minimalism was represented twice at the Kassel documenta with his large-format shaped canvases and reliefs.

A new highlight in the documenta archiv: in mid-April, curator Clémentine Deliss presented us with the complete collection of all issues of her traveling publication METRONOME (1996-2021).

A few weeks ago, Volker Schäfer and Horst Schween, members of the board of the Kassel documenta forum, presented the documenta archiv with a valuable donation from the founding phase of the association: a collection of files containing comprehensive records and correspondence relating to the founding of the association in the 1970s.

From April 26 to October 6, the Neues Museum Nürnberg is showing the exhibition "Memory Movers" in cooperation with the Institut für Moderne Kunst Nürnberg: The artist duo Böhler & Orendt address the topic of preserving memory in archives in an immersive multimedia environment. The documenta archiv is one of 50 archives participating with loans from its own holdings.

The US-American artist Richard Serra has died. His site-specific monumental sculptures made of rolled Corten steel made the four-time documenta participant one of the main representatives of his generation of sculptors.  During his career, which spanned decades, he also worked as a draughtsman, graphic artist, video, process and action artist.

On February 21, 2024, we presented the volume "Exhibition Politics" as a new publication in the publication series. The video recording of the evening event with a keynote speech by Alexia Pooth and a subsequent discussion with the art critic Eduard Beaucamp is now online.

Since March 19, 1999, the city of Kassel has been officially named "documenta City". To mark the occasion, free guided tours of the outdoor documenta artworks in Kassel's urban space are offered.


From 30 November to 2 December 2023, the conference "IN | OUT — Canonization Processes of Modern Art and the First documenta" took place at the Fridericianum. The complete video recording of the opening event is now online!

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