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The artist, curator, philosopher, media theorist and long-time director of the ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe died on 1 March a few days before his 79th birthday. He was featured at documenta 6 in 1977 with a selection of early video and television works. Twenty years later, as part of documenta X (1997), he was one of the speakers at the legendary "100 Days 100 Guests" event series in the documenta Halle.


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In the documenta archiv


The documenta archiv launches a new series that takes place in the archive itself.

Four times a year small exhibitions will be held on various themes. Photographs, archival material and posters are used to tell different aspects of the history of the documenta exhibitions from 1955 to the present day.

© documenta archiv / Nicolas Wefers

Exhibition view of "In the documenta archiv #2 - Joseph Beuys and his Initiative for Direct Democracy" (01.03. -27.05.2018)



#1 Theatre of the spectacle. Photographs by Bernd Schlake (20.10. – 22.12.2017)


#2 Joseph Beuys And His Initiative For Direct Democracy (1.3. – 27.5.2018)


#3 Journey to the planet Ars - Artist Portraits of Heinz Günter Mebusch (7.6. – 3.8.2018)


#4 documenta 1968 - A hot summer (9.8. – 2.11.2018)


#5 “Please take off your shoes.” - Participatory Art at documenta 5 (8.11.2018 – 8.2.2019)


#6 Auseinandersetzungen – Students of the University of Paderborn doing research in the documenta archiv (31.10.2019 – 13.3.2020)