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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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#2 How photography came to documenta. Lecture by Klaus Honnef


From the documenta archiv #2


Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7 pm

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

Admission free


Welcome: Prof. Joel Baumann, Dean of the Kunsthochschule Kassel

Introduction: Dr. Birgit Jooss, Director of the documenta archiv

documenta 6, View in the section Photography with the series of Paul-Armand Gette »Schnitt durch eine Landschaft«, 1976-1977, 1977, paper print, black/white, 17,4 x 23,3 cm, Inventory Number : docA, MS, d6, 10036379
© documenta archiv

Half a century ago, the appointment to the directorial team of documenta was a particular honor. With documenta 5, the first of two exhibitions in which Prof. Klaus Honnef participated, this was to change: now professional deferment rather than career advancement; questions, problems, and contradictions instead of aesthetic certainties.

Against the background of a dramatically changing definition of art which was significantly influenced by documenta 5 and 6, the presentation will focus on personal memories and shed light on internal discussions. Starting with documenta 6, photography and film appeared alongside painting, drawing, and sculpture as equally valid forms of artistic expression. Photographic material from the documenta archiv accompanies the presentation.


Organized in cooperation with the Kunsthochschule Kassel, University of Kassel.


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