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Save the Date: On 19 January and 9 February (both at 19:00) we will host two panel discussions to accompany the exhibition "nolde/kritik/documenta".

Both events will take place in the rotunda of the Fridericianum.


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On the passing of art historian Hans Belting

The art historian and media theorist Hans Belting died on 10 January 2023 at the age of 87. His research, which spanned epochs and media, set standards for the field of visual history.

Photorealist Franz Gertsch has died

The Swiss painter Franz Gertsch died on 21 December at the age of 92. As a central representative of Photorealism in Europe, he achieved international recognition through his participation in documenta 5 in 1972.

Current vacancies: 1 Media Conservator and 1 Paper Conservator wanted!

The documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH is looking for a full-time media conservator and a full-time paper conservator for the documenta archiv.

nolde/criticism/documenta: Exhibition Trailer

On 9 December, our exhibition "nolde/kritik/documenta" opened at the Fridericianum. In the trailer, Birgitta Coers, Astrid Michaelis and Mischa Kuball give an insight into the development and conception of the exhibition project.

nolde / kritik / documenta - A project by documenta archiv, Draiflessen Collection, Nolde Foundation Seebüll and Mischa Kuball

Emil Nolde (1867-1956) is one of the most famous artists of European avant-garde. His current perception is shaped by historical mythmaking and its deconstruction. The Düsseldorf conceptual artist Mischa Kuball (* 1959), supported by the Nolde Stiftung Seebüll, set out to trace this ambivalent figure.

Lee Bontecou: On the passing of a pioneer

The US artist Lee Bontecou died on 8 November at the age of 91. In 1964, she was one of only ten female artists whose works were shown at documenta III. Out of a total of 325 artistic positions, this corresponded to a share of 2.8%.

An Artist of the Century: On the Passing of Pierre Soulages

Pierre Soulages died on 26 October at the age of 102: Born on Christmas Eve 1919, the master of abstraction was an exceptional figure in European painting throughout his life. He was a living monument of French culture and the last remaining participant in the first documenta in 1955.

Nobel Prize in Physics for documenta participant Anton Zeilinger

The Austrian quantum physicist and documenta 13 participant Anton Zeilinger has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2022.

Bibliophilic addition to the holdings of the art library

s a special enrichment for the documenta archiv's art library, more and more catalogues, artists' books, small publications, magazines and other printed matter of the participating lumbung artists reach us since the final phase of documenta fifteen.

The "Documentation & Production" department: documenta fifteen videos online

A creative image factory within the documenta archiv: our newly founded "Documentation & Production" department was in constant motion throughout the duration of documenta fifteen. Coordinated by Michael Gärtner and Barbara Kiolbassa, the cameras, microphones and tripods rarely stood still.

(un)Common Grounds: Reflecting on documenta fifteen

Two-day hybrid symposium to discuss documenta fifteen on 23 and 24 September 2022. Organised by Framer Framed in cooperation with Trippenhuis, Amsterdam and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Online now.

"Let there be lumbung" video recordings of the conference online

The conference Let there be lumbung from Tuesday 20 to Friday 23 September 2022 at ruruHaus in Kassel provided a forum for contextualising art practices in terms of the lumbung idea.


The video recordings are now online!

Current vacancy: 1 Office Administrator wanted!

The documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH is looking for a full-time office administrator for the documenta archiv.

Latest additions to the archive - new arrivals at the documenta archiv!

We are pleased to announce our latest additions to the documenta archiv: In addition to the multimedia archive of the cyberfeminist artists' group Old Boys Network (OBN), we have received extensive donations of photographs and slides by the photographer Jens Wächter for documenta 7 (1982) and curator Marc Nash, who was part of the curatorial team for Documenta 11 (2002).

In Meomory of Claes Oldenburg

„I am for an art that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum… that embroils itself with the everyday crap and still comes out on top...“ (Claes Oldenburg)

In memory of Willi Becker

Willi Becker, authorized representative of documenta 4 in 1968, died last week in Kassel at the age of 96.

Update 2 of the virtual Platform6

The virtual Platform6 in honor of Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019), the artistic director of Documenta11 (2002), is updated for the second time after its launch last April. As of now, more features and content are ready.

Current vacancies: 3 archivists wanted!

documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH is looking for three full-time archivists (M/F/D) for the new project phase of the "Erschließungsoffensive" (cataloguing project) in the documenta archiv, limited to three years.

Series of events We need to talk! Art – Freedom – Solidarity suspended

documenta has decided, in consultation with various participants, to suspend the series of events planned for May 8, 15, and 22, 2022, We need to talk! Art – Freedom – Solidarity.

In memory of Hermann Nitsch

The Austrian painter and performance artist Hermann Nitsch (1938 - 2022) has died.

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