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The documenta archiv to receive an important donation: The internationally unique performance art archive "Die Schwarze Lade / the Black Kit: Archive for Performance, Action and Intermedia Art" to be presented by documenta artist Boris Nieslony

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#8 Revising Modernity from the Archive. Lecture by Günter Herzog


documenta Institute Discourse #8


Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 6.30 pm


Venue: Auditorium of the Kunsthochschule Kassel, Menzelstraße 13-15


Admission free


Address of Welcome: Birgit Jooss, director of the documenta archiv


A collaboration with the documenta professor at the Kunsthochschule Kassel.

The system of art has changed decisively since the second half of the 19th century. Innovations by “independent” artists are recognized and supported by newly developed “patrons,” professions, and institutions. They are all connected by the art market, in, with, and through which they are able to communicate, operate, and assert and establish themselves. The ways in which this happens can be best observed in the testimony they contribute to art archives, such as the Central Archive for German and International Art Market Research (ZADIK), which has played a decisive role in integrating the long-ignored history of the art market into general art history.


Günter Herzog has headed the Central Archive for German and International Art Market Research (ZADIK) in Cologne for over 15 years. He completed his doctorate and habilitation as professor at the University of Cologne, where since 1998 he has taught on the cultural and social history of art and the history of the art trade, and where he was appointed as an adjunct professor in 2008. ZADIK has been an affiliated institute of the university since 2014, offering a master’s degree in “Art History and the Art Market.”