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The documenta archiv is a scientific research institution. Entrusted materials such as archival and library holdings are secured according to recommended standards.

Untere Karlsstr. 4, 34117 Kassel

Phone +49 56170727-3100

Opening Hours Reading Room: from Tuesday: 9.00 am til 7.00 pm, from Wednesday to Friday: 9.00 am til 4.00 pm


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Team and Contact


© documenta archiv / Anita Back

The building Dock 4 in the street Unteren Karlsstraße 4

Our address
documenta archiv
Untere Karlsstraße 4
D- 34117 Kassel


Billing address
documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH
documenta archiv
Friedrichsplatz 18
D-34117 Kassel

+49 561 70 72 73 100

+49 561 70 72 73 9



The documenta archiv is part of the documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH, a non-profit organization financed by the City of Kassel and the State of Hesse.

Bank Account
Kasseler Sparkasse
IBAN: DE70 5205 0353 0000 060082

Opening Hours

Reading Room

from 9.00 am til 7.00 pm


Wednesday to Friday
from 9.00 am til 4.00 pm


Records and Papers / Media Collection

Please send us a detailed written request to:

Records and papers

media collections


Head Office

Birgit Jooss is the director of the documenta archiv since 2016. She has studied art history, art education and history in Munich and completed her PhD on “Living Images” in 1998. From 2003 until 2005 she has also studied archival sciences in Potsdam.

She has worked at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin (1992), at the Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (1992–2002), at the Schloßmuseum Murnau (1997–2000), at the Institute of Art History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich (2000–2007) and the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich (2003–2007). She was managing the Deutsches Kunstarchiv at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg from 2007 until 2015 and has been the director of the archives of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin in 2015.

From 2000 until today she is also active as a college lecturer (Universität München, Universität Nürnberg-Erlangen, Fachhochschule Potsdam, Universität Göttingen, Kunsthochschule Kassel).

Dr. Birgit Jooss
+49 561 70727-3100

Sigrid Heisel-Hennchen
Personal Assistant to the Director and Administration
+49 561 70727-3100

Martin Groh
Scientific Research
+49 561 70727-3107

Natalie Schmidt
Reading Room
+49 561 70727-3112

Alexandra Winterhoff

Student Assistant
+49 561 70727-3101

Records and Papers

Saskia Mattern

Records and Papers
+49 561 70727-3102

Susanne Rübsam

Records and Papers
+49 561 70727-3104

Lena Voss

Student Assistant

+49 561 70727-3115

Media Collections

Alexander Zeisberg

Media Collection
+49 561 70727-3111

Michael Gärtner

Public Relations and Media Collection
+49 561 70727-3106

Karoline Achilles

Student Assistant
+49 561 70727-3105

Maximilian Preuss

Student Assistant
+49 561 70727-3106

Art Library

Anja Ziegler

Art Library
+49 561 70727-3108

Emily Denyer

Art Library

+49 561 70727-3109

Carl-Emanuel Fischer

Student Assistant
+49 561 70727-3108


Melissa Köhler (parental leave deputyship)

Media Conservation

+49 561 70727-3117

Arlett Seidel

Paper Conservation

+49 561 70727-3114

Assoziated and Projects

Dr. Harald Kimpel

Associated Scholar


Laura Diermann

Student Assistant "exhibition in the Deutsches Historisches Museum"

+49 561 70727-3113



The documenta archiv is situated at the Untere Karlsstraße 4, Kassel within the building of the Kulturhaus Dock4. This former school is a listed building. A step free access is at the court yard side of the building.

With public transport:

Take trams 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, RT1, RT4 up to Friedrichsplatz. Walk across Friedrichplatz towards the Museum Fridericianum. Turn left into Untere Karlsstraße which is the road before the museum. The first building on the right hand side is the Kulturhaus Dock4.

By car:

Coming either from the highway A7 or A44 via junction A49 towards Kassel. Take junction “Auestadion / City Center” follow the road signs towards the center of the city. Turn left after the theater (Staatstheater) into the road Oberste Gasse. After a 100 meters turn left into a small road Seidenes Strümpfchen, at the end of the road turn left again and you have arrived in Untere Karlsstraße.

Parking options

There is a car park at Friedrichsplatz, with an entry at Frankfurter Straße towards the Fridericianum. After the Cine-Star use the left hand drive to reach the underground car park. Another entry is situated between the Staatstheater and the documenta hall, reachable via Du-Ry-Straße, take Brüderstraße or Steinweg.


Public Transport

Scientific board

An appointment of a scientific board is currently in a planning process.