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The documenta archiv is committed to recording and preserving the “memory” of the documenta, one of the most important exhibitions on contemporary art worldwide.

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In view of the future documenta Institute and on the occasion of current developments in restoration and conservation science, the documenta archiv is organizing an international conference at the documenta-Halle, Kassel, from November 22 - 24, 2018.

In the sixties of the 20th century, the first wave of the so-called participatory art took place. The fifth documenta in 1972, directed by Harald Szeemann (1933 - 2005), offered an important platform for this newly emerging art form.

Not only is the actual exhibition part of the representation of a documenta, but also its long preparation phase. Even before the opening, positions are taken, theories are posed and ...

With our new red cotton bags, the documenta archiv is always going to be a good companion.

Visitors of documenta 11 in 2002 must have thought "Ops, what's there?” before they disappeared under the sloping constructed wooden box. A moment of desired participation is captured in our docArt of the month.

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