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


Under the umbrella of documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH, the documenta archiv has been included in the Arbeitskreis selbständiger Kultur-Institute e.V. - AsKI (Working Group of Independent Cultural Institutes) at the end of 2020. The decision of the AsKI board and its members, including the Archiv der Akademie der Künste in Berlin, das Deutsche Literaturarchiv Marbach und das Freie Deutsche Hochstift in Frankfurt am Main, acknowledges the international importance of the documenta archiv as the memory of the world art fair documenta. At the same time, it recognizes and promotes the documenta archiv's profile as an internationally competitive institution for the collection, documentation and research of contemporary art and its significance for social, political and societal developments, its presentation and art journalistic exploitation.


The director of the documenta archiv, Dr. Birgitta Coers, is pleased about the future prospects that the AsKI membership offers: "For the documenta archiv, membership ensures new content-related possibilities for interdisciplinary cooperation. Synergies with other archival institutions arise, among other things, in the fields of digital preservation, long-term archiving and presentation of the holdings."


Founded in 1967, the Arbeitskreis selbstständiger Kultur-Institute e.V. (Working Group of Independent Cultural Institutes) represents an influential partner in representing interests vis-à-vis parliament, the federal government, the State Ministry for Art and Culture, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, as well as at the state and municipal levels. With the inclusion of the documenta archive, it brings together 38 international and national cultural partners. It aims to raise public awareness for cultural diversity and strengthen the socio-political relevance of art and cultural institutions. With the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal e.V., Kassel, Kassel already hosts a founding member of the association. The AsKI is also the sponsor of the only German museum abroad, the Casa di Goethe in Rome.


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