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A cooperation of the Staatstheater Kassel with the documenta archiv: The Art Lecture on June 1 is dedicated to the German Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon (1917 Berlin - 1943 Auschwitz), whose dramatic work "Leben? oder Theater? Ein Singespiel" was shown at documenta (13) in the Fridericianum through selected gouaches.

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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