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Starting on Saturday, June 19th, 2021, guests can visit the Survival Room of the "Kassel-21 / Social Sculpture Lab" at the Neue Galerie in Kassel in the year of Beuys' anniversary. The participatory project takes Joseph Beuys' "Social Sculpture" into the present: developed by artist Shelley Sacks in collaboration with the documenta archiv and the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, it is a global laboratory that offers visitors the opportunity to engage with Beuys' expanded concept of art and its potential for the future both online and on site in Kassel.

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docArt of the Month

docArt of the Month
March 2021
#56 The surrounding shell, Part II

While the provenance of the docArt of the month February was clear from the beginning, the origin of "rara-Box" no. 2 is not documented. However, it is possible to draw conclusions as to how it might have come to the documenta archiv. 

docArt of the Month
February 2021
#55 The surrounding shell, Part I

In the vast variety of rara holdings in our library, there are two unusual items that have now been restored to their former glory. They present themselves as docArts of the months February and March.

docArt of the Month
January 2021
#54 Pink Panters vs. Beuys

Today, the basalt stones are an integral part of Kassel's cityscape. But when Joseph Beuys (1921 - 1986) piled up 7000 of them in the middle of Friedrichsplatz for documenta 7 (1982), the enthusiasm of some citizens was limited.

 

docArt of the Month
December 2020
#53 Self-circluding Art

The selected docArt of the month December 2020 is an exhibition view of documenta 9 (1992), photographed by Renée Pötzscher (born 1945).

docArt of the Month
November 2020
#52 "Distrust anything you like right away"

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.

docArt of the Month
October 2020
#51 Abounaddara – The right to dignity

The copperplate print "The Murderer Returning to the Scene of Crime" (2013), digitally retouched by the anonymous film collective Abounaddara from Syria, depicts El-Halebi's side profile and shows the image of a young man whose fate, despite everything, longs for a dignified portrayal.

docArt of the Month
September 2020
#50 Frischluft

First point of contact with the Mondoshawans happens in 1914 at the antique town of Hegra in Saudi Arabia.

docArt of the Month
August 2020
#49 Dieser Satz ist Kunst

During documenta 5 (1972), the French artist Ben Vautier (born 1935) created a "thinking room" at the ground floor of the Fridericianum, where he exhibited not only his art works but also himself. His contribution dealt with the much-discussed question of what art is, amongst other things.

docArt of the Month
July 2020
#48 Volunteers wanted

"Who wants to be part of a D-11 artwork?"

docArt of the Month
June 2020
#47 Klaus Baum as head of the visitor guidance service of documenta 9

Nothing is mandatory anymore.

docArt of the Month
May 2020
#46 The young Mr. Baum and the documenta

Three gentlemen in a relaxed pose, facing each other.

docArt of the Month
April 2020
#45 65 years of exhibition history - the documenta moves

In the first room of the permanent exhibition "about: documenta" at the Neue Galerie in Kassel, which opened in November 2019, a film featuring footage from the 14 editions of the documenta exhibitions is shown.

docArt of the Month
March 2020
#44 With pomp and pageantry to documenta 7

When the 1st Hessentag was founded in 1961 by state premier Georg-August Zinn (1901 - 1976), it was not to be expected that almost 50 years later the state festival would continue to enjoy so much popularity and grow steadily over the years.

docArt of the Month
February 2020
#43 DOCUMENTA IX sweetens everyday life

Pencils, key chains and stickers are classic promotional items.

docArt of the Month
January 2020
#42 Les Schtroumpfs et la documenta (The Smurfs and the documenta)

While making their German-language comic debut in "Fix und Foxi Nr. 20" within the story "Prince Edelhart and the Smurfs", the Smurfs itself celebrated their debut in the world of high art during the ninth edition of the documenta in 1992.

docArt of the Month
December 2019
#41 Franz Erhard Walther's Instructions for documenta 7

Franz Erhard Walther (born 1939) participated in documenta four times in a row.

docArt of the Month
November 2019
#40 Photographer unknown - a predicament of archives?!

A seemingly unreal space, dirty-white walls that rise from the dark floor without an end in sight, neon tubes floating at half height in the hazy air.

docArt of the Month
October 2019
#39 Hans Hartung stands on his head

In a letter from the Kleemann Galleries in New York, addressed to Arnold Bode, attention is drawn to the fact that an image of a painting by Hans Hartung has been printed upside down in the exhibition catalog of the first documenta.

docArt of the Month
September 2019
#38 "Unloading a pile of crap - How long are you willing to be teased?" A protest during documenta 5

External events and even protests have taken place during documenta exhibitions on multiple occasions.

docArt of the Month
August 2019
#37 Yesterday still banned from entering the house and today already here again

"Acoustic art forms not as brainchilds but on and out breaking soul torment, rampant, willfully forced cacophony, a wildly wafting, slapping, screeching sequence of sounds and words, here and there combined with trivial themes of the hit song industry."

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