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The documenta archiv was founded in 1961 and consists of comprehensive records of the documenta exhibitions. A scientific research library, extensive press, image and audiovisual collections form part of its holdings. Personal papers complete our collection.

Untere Karlsstr. 4, 34117 Kassel

Phone +49 56170727-3100

Opening Hours Reading Room: from Tuesday: 9.00 am til 7.00 pm, from Wednesday to Friday: 9.00 am til 4.00 pm

The Reading Room will be closed during the Holidays from December 21, 2020 till January 4, 2021.

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From November 18 till November 27 the 37th Kassel DokfestOnline will take place. This year, the documenta archiv is a cooperation partner for Ulrike Ottingers movie "Paris Calligrammes" which will be online from November 22, 2020 for 6 days. For further information see www.kasselerdokfest.de or https://kasseler-dokfest.culturebase.org/.

In the context of coronavirus prevention, the documenta archive is closed for public use until November 30. All written and telephone requests will be responded to, but there may be delays in replying.

We ask for your understanding and wish you all the best!

The documenta archiv team

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the same applies for art. Willi Bongard (1931-1985) presented a radically different view in his Informationsdienst art aktuell at documenta 5. As an art and business journalist, his focus when visiting an art exhibition was not on viewing visually appealing objects, but on recognizing true great art. In his "instruction manual for documenta 5", he shared his decisive criteria for forming an opinion with his readers.

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