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Online Research


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


So far, the inventory overview as well as the existing distortion units for the first documenta up to documenta 14 are searchable in Arcinsys.

Finding Aids

The finding aids to documenta exhibitions 1 to 12 are available as PDF files:



The holdings documenta 8 and documenta 9 are currently not available for public use due to cataloguing work, the files can only be consulted with special permission.

Library Catalog

Use the library catalog to search for

  • printed, digitized, and born digital collections of the art library (Search scope: library catalog)
  • open access electronic journals and books on the subject of contemporary art and art history (Search scope: external providers)

The search covers new acquisitions since 2000 and about 25,000 items from acquisitions before 2000.

Subject Classification & Call Numbers


European-‚Äčart.net connects contemporary art archives and their collections. This meta-search engine allows you to search for artists, artist groups and art institutions of the 20th and 21st centuries.