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Media Archive

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In documenta archiv’s Media Archive, analog and digital media from documenta exhibitions is acquired, collected, developed and preserved. Over the past decades, the collections have steadily grown through the donations and purchases of the estates of individual curators, artists, and photographers.

© documenta archiv / Anita Back
© documenta archiv / Anita Back
© documenta archiv / Anita Back
© documenta archiv / Anita Back
© documenta archiv / Anita Back


The collection of photographs consists of photographers’ collections, press material from past documenta exhibitions, submissions from artists, and image material submitted by the public for competitions and other purposes. Furthermore, the archive acquires and archives all image material from Kunsthalle Fridericianum. The collection of photographs comprises approximately 250,000 photographs.

Audiovisual Media

The audiovisual collection houses excerpts of film and video works presented at documenta exhibitions as part of the film program or as artworks. In addition, the audiovisual collections focus on the documentation of all documenta exhibitions. The collection of sound recordings includes not only works commissioned for the documenta exhibitions, but also sound recordings of lectures and interviews. The audiovisual collection contains approximately 2,000 analog records and approximately 25 TB of material in digital formats.


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