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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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Monument for Manfred Schneckenburger

In memory of Manfred Schneckenburger, art historian and two-time director of documenta, who died in 2019, a monument was inaugurated in the Künstler-Nekropole Kassel. It was designed by the artist and long-time friend of Schneckenburger Ugo Dossi.


On the occasion of the 100th birthday of Joseph Beuys under the name BEUYSLABORKASSEL2021, exhibitions, actions, performances and conferences will take place until the end of the year in honor of one of the most influential contemporary artists and seven-time documenta participant.

On the 100th birthday of Joseph Beuys today

"Herr Beuys, für wie groß halten Sie die Popularität, die Sie genießen?" ["Mr. Beuys, how large do you consider the popularity you enjoy?"]

Arnold Bode Award goes to INSTAR - Tania Bruguera

This year's Arnold Bode Award goes to the artists' collective "Instituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt" (INSTAR) and its founder Tania Bruguera.

Precious union

documenta archiv new member of AsKI (Arbeitskreis selbständiger Kultur-Institute e.V.)

The holdings of the documenta archiv are to be prepared for international and interdisciplinary research in a "cataloguing campaign"

On October 1, 2020, the documenta archiv will embark upon the comprehensive
cataloguing and preparation of its holdings.

Deadline extended: Diplom-Bibliothekar/in bzw. Bachelor Bibliotheks- und Informationsmanagement wanted

The documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH is looking for a

Diploma librarian or Bachelor Library and Information Management

Application deadline: November 08, 2020

See here for more information.

Prof. Dr. Heinz Bude appointed Founding Director of the documenta Institute

The State of Hesse, the City of Kassel, Kassel University with Kunsthochschule Kassel and documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH have appointed the acclaimed sociologist Prof. Dr. Heinz Bude as Founding Director of the documenta Institute.

Dr. Birgitta Coers takes over as Director of the documenta archiv on October 1, 2020

Art historian Birgitta Coers (born 1970) will be heading up the documenta archiv from October 1, 2020. Following her university career in Marburg and Tübingen, she has specialized in recent years in the physical and digital management of artists’ estates.

Goethe-Institut Fellowship at the documenta Institute: Call for Applications

The Goethe-Institut, the documenta archiv and the Kunsthochschule Kassel (University of the Arts Kassel) /University of Kassel are launching their joint fellowship program for international young scientists and researching artists and curators at the documenta Institute.

Job Vacancy: Student assistant for Records and Papers at the documenta archiv

[no english version available at the moment] Zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt sucht das documenta archiv eine studentische Hilfskraft für den Digitalisierungsservice im Aktenarchiv, zunächst mit einem Vertrag für einen Monat à 15 Wochenstunden für Euro 9,50 pro Stunde, mit Aussicht auf Verlängerung.

New feature

New feature available on this webseite: d-movies can be streamed directly from this page!

Job Vacancy: Two archivists for the documenta archiv / Records and Papers

The documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH is looking for two full-time archivists for the documenta archiv in Kassel to begin work as soon as possible, for a period of five years, to provide in-depth access to the documenta 1 to documenta 14 holdings in the records and papers archive.

Job Vacancy: Three archivists for the documenta archiv / Media Collection

The documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH is looking for two full-time archivists (limited to five years) and one full-time archivist (limited to three years) for the documenta archiv in Kassel for the next possible date in order to catalogue the digital photographic and audiovisual holdings and analogue photography (negatives/DIA/paper prints) in the media collection.

Job Vacancy: Librarian for the documenta archiv / Art Library

The documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH is looking for a graduate or bachelor librarian in library and information management, full-time, limited to four years, to retro-catalogue the library's monographs on artists for the documenta archiv in Kassel.

Reopening of the reading room

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the documenta archiv is going to open its reading room again.

documenta gGmbH enlists Dr. Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck as new Director of the documenta archiv

Dr. Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck will assume the post of Director of the documenta archiv as of August 1, 2020.

Floris M. Neusüss has died

It is with great sorrow that we have learnt of the passing of Floris M. Neusüss. He followed an appointment as lecturer for photography at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and dedicated his time there especially to experimental photography.

Coronavirus Prevention

In the context of coronavirus prevention, the documenta archiv is closed for public use until further notice.

There may also be delays in answering your requests.

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

The team of the documenta archiv

A new image film for the documenta archiv

The documenta archiv is pleased to present its new image film to the public.

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