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Archival Information System Arcinsys

The archive information system Arcinsys of the Hessian State Archive allows research in the holdings of the file archive. The online catalog offers detailed information about the holdings and the indexing units and will be successively expanded.

In addition the finding aids to documenta exhibitions 1 to 12 are available as PDF files.


Media Archive and Press Material

The documenta archiv can provide photographic and audiovisual material as well as material from the press collection for research purposes or for publications in accordance with the applicable copyright law. Upon receipt of your request, the documenta archiv staff will carry out internal research in the archive's finding aids and you will be informed whether and which material is available and can be made available for use.


You can find further information on how to use our services here.


Please send your image requests to:



Please direct inquiries about the press collection to:


The Library Catalog

The Library Catalog (OPAC = Online Public Access Catalog) provides access to the art library’s holdings of books, exhibition catalogs, magazines, and ephemera of 20th and 21st century art; to the documenta exhibitions and its participating artists. Catalogued items include new additions of the past 20 years as well as approximately 25.000 previously uncatalogued items.  

The search mask is available in German and English. There is no distinction between upper and lower case letters. Further tips on search tools can be found directly on the user interface. Search results appear in chronological order (descending) which includes bibliographical information and shelf marks. Hits may be accessed individually and in full, and are linked to relevant or related materials as well as our artists’ database.

The full view provides information to artists who participated in a documenta exhibition and connects to our other databases.

European Art Net

European-​art.net presently connects twelve art archives, all operating on an international level, on the basis of their databases. A meta search engine enables simultaneously access to artists, artists groups, art institutions and other topics relevant to art of the 20th and 21st century of all participating archives. Information on archival records, documents and publications are available.