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In her lecture, the Hungarian cultural scientist Andrea Pócsik will show how the art world of the former Eastern Bloc state Hungary is represented in the holdings of the documenta archiv. She will focus on archiving as a process of producing of knowledge.

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From the documenta archiv
#13 "What if… documenta?" – Lecture by Andrea Pócsik

In her lecture, the Hungarian cultural scientist Andrea Pócsik will show how the art world of the former Eastern Bloc state Hungary is represented in the holdings of the documenta archiv. She will focus on archiving as a process of producing of knowledge.

Imaging Beuys. Photography by Dieter Schwerdtle

On the occasion of the Beuys anniversary, the documenta archiv, as a guest of the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, is curating a studio exhibition on the photographer Dieter Schwerdtle (1952-2009) in the rooms of the Neue Galerie.


The documenta archiv is pleased to present you the virtual Platform6 in honor of Okwui Enwezor via the link www.documenta-platform6.de starting today.

"about: documenta"

A survey exhibition on the history of the documenta in the Neue Galerie, Kassel.

How much Bauhaus is in documenta? Seeking traces



The first Virtual Exhibition created by the documenta archiv explores the question in which way Bauhaus concepts have inscribed themselves in the documenta idea.


4th European Day of Restoration

For the fourth year in a row, the European Association of Conservators (E.C.C.O.) is organizing the Restoration Day. With a total of three contributions, the documenta archiv is also taking part and shedding light on restoration work on materials from the Harry Kramer Archive.

KW35 - Kasseler Woche der Museen

The documenta archiv is visiting the ruruHaus.

A Situated Archive of the Old Boys Network and its Discontents. Talk with Cornelia Sollfrank

Explorative talk with artist/researcher and pioneer of cyberfeminism Cornelia Sollfrank about the creation of an archive of the Old Boys Network (1997-2001).

Survival Room – Kassel 21 / Social Sculpture Lab

Starting on Saturday, June 19th, 2021, guests can visit the Survival Room of the "Kassel-21 / Social Sculpture Lab" at the Neue Galerie in Kassel in the year of Beuys' anniversary. The participatory project takes Joseph Beuys' "Social Sculpture" into the present: developed by artist Shelley Sacks in collaboration with the documenta archiv and the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, it is a global laboratory that offers visitors the opportunity to engage with Beuys' expanded concept of art and its potential for the future both online and on site in Kassel.

Victim or perpetrator? Theses on the National Socialist Past of the Curators of the first documenta (1955)

The digital conference on June 11, 2021 is dedicated to the history of the first documenta exhibition (1955) and the connection of its curators to National Socialism. The conference is a collaboration between the Kunsthochschule Kassel/Universität Kassel and the documenta archiv and can be followed via livestream on Youtube.

Kassel-21 / Social Sculpture Lab

The Kassel-21 / Social Sculpture Lab brings Joseph Beuys' Social Sculpture into the present. Developed by the artist Shelley Sacks for the documenta archiv, the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel / Neue Galerie and the city of Kassel, it sees itself as a global laboratory that offers visitors the opportunity to engage with Beuys' expanded concept of art and fill it with new content.


From May 06-08, 2021, the online symposium "ARCHIVE PROBEN" of the interdisciplinary research group notanarchive will take place.

Online Round Table der Draiflessen Collection

On occasion of the exhibition Emil Nolde - a critical approach by Mischa Kuball, the Draiflessen Collection invites you to an online round table on 21 January 2021 at 7 pm. Astrid Becker (Nolde Stiftung Seebüll), Birgitta Coers (documenta archivs), Mischa Kuball and Corinna Otto (Draiflessen Collection) will discuss the topic. The event will be moderated by Julia Voss (art critic and journalist). Participation is possible after registration at rueckmeldung@draiflessen.com by team.

37. Kasseler DokfestOnline

From November 18 till November 27 the 37th Kassel DokfestOnline will take place. This year, the documenta archiv is a cooperation partner for Ulrike Ottingers movie "Paris Calligrammes" which will be online from November 22, 2020 for 6 days. For further information see www.kasselerdokfest.de or https://kasseler-dokfest.culturebase.org/.

Invitation for a Earth Forum

The University of the Trees Lab Kassel invites to an earth forum on Thursday 03rd of September 2020 from 4 till 7 o'clock p.m., meeting point Dock 4 (after advance notification). The 'social' sculpture Earth Forum is a module of the University of Trees, initiated by Shelley Sacks (collaborator of Joseph Beuys and founder of the Social Sculpture Research Unit at Brooks University in Oxford). An Earth Forum lasts about 3 hours and up to 12 people can participate. Usually it takes place outdoors at different locations.

KW 36 - Kassels Week of the Museums: A Special Event in a Special Year

From September 1st to 6th, 45 cultural institutions open their doors with joint day tickets. The documenta archiv is participating from September 2nd to 6th, too.

Day of the Archives 2020

On the occasion of the nationwide "Day of Archives", the working group "Archives in North Hesse" will be present with a stand in the Kasseler Markthalle on March 7, 2020 from 8.00 am to 2.00 pm.

From the documenta archiv
#12 Cultures of showing: documenta as a venue for ecological debates. Lecture by Anne-Kathrin Winkler-Hanns

Polluted water or dirty air, nuclear danger or dying forests, factory farming, climate change or the anthropocene.

documenta Institute Discourse
#12 corpus mechanicum, corpus mysticum. Approach tactics of contemporary art archives. Lecture by Mela Dávila Freire

In the complex cultural system that we call contemporary art, archives have come to stay. Over

From the documenta archiv
#11 About the dream of becoming a documenta artist. Lecture by Christian Saehrendt

The documenta archive stores thousands of unsolicited applications. While in 1972 a good 250 artists unsolicitedly and unsuccessfully applied to participate at documenta 5, there were already around 900 at documenta 7 and almost 1,500 at documenta 8.

In the documenta archiv
#6 Auseinandersetzungen – Students of the University of Paderborn doing research in the documenta archiv

"We know that there are too many functions for a single chair to fulfill."

documenta Institute Discourse
#11 Macho Man: Tell It to My Heart. A case study. Lecture by Martin Beck

The lecture presents the creation, implementation and documentation of the exhibition "Macho Man: Tell It to My Heart", poses questions about the identity of collections and analyzes their curatorial and institutional conditions using concrete examples.

From the documenta archiv
#10 How much Bauhaus is in documenta? Seeking traces. Launch of the Virtual Exhibition

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the documenta archiv and the University of Kassel have initiated a joint project that, for the first time, reflects the two institutions Bauhaus and documenta in comparison.

documenta Institute Discourse
#10 Reenactment and Fiction - Critical Curating in the Archive. Lecture by Beatrice von Bismarck

Reenactments of exhibitions have become an increasingly dominant factor within the art world in recent years.

Never been modern? Bauhaus and documenta in true affinity

The symposium deals with the implicit narratives of modernity of Bauhaus and the documenta exhibitions.

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