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On February 21, we will present the latest publication in the documenta archiv's publication series, the book "Exhibition Politics. die documenta und die DDR" by Alexia Pooth. On this occasion, we cordially invite you to a panel discussion with the author and the art critic Eduard Beaucamp.

on February 21, 2024
at 7 pm
in the rotunda of the Fridericianum

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#4 documenta 1968 - a hot summer? - Documents from the preparation phase of documenta 4


In the documenta archiv #4


Thursday, August 9 - Friday, November 2, 2018


Venue: Reading room at the documenta archiv, Untere Karlsstr. 4, 34117 Kassel


Admission free

© documenta archiv / Heinz Pauly

Protest during documenta 4 (1968). Inventory Number:docA, MS, d4, 10054191


Not only is the actual exhibition part of the representation of a documenta, but also its long preparation phase. Even before the opening, positions are taken, theories are posed and the press searches for clues and scandals. Ever since documenta 11 it is publicly recognized that “The Museum of 100 Days” is a lengthy process to develop.


This also applies to the earlier editions, whose manifestations before the opening, however, were characterized by an effort of silence. In this studio exhibition files from documenta 4 are presented, providing insights into its preparation. The main focus is on letters, telegrams and protocols that trace developments that eventually culminate in the hot summer of 1968.



Curated by Tim Pickartz with Birgit Jooss

© documenta archiv / Nicolas Wefers