Documenta is one of the most legendary art exhibitions in the entire world. It takes place every five years (originally every four years) in Kassel, a beautiful city with the UNESCO landscape park Bergpark – the largest European hillside park, second big in the world in Hessen, Germany. It was founded by artist and art professor Arnold Bode in 1955 as part of Bundesgartenschau (Federal Horticultural Show) to elevate Germany from the cultural vacuum resulting from the aftermath of nazism. The first documenta featured many prominent art figures, such as Picasso and Kandinsky, and was extremely successful with over 130.000 visitors. documenta has been every since pushing the boundaries of modern art and setting new paths.
The name documenta is referring to Arnold’s effort to ‘document’ the modern art world. The exhibitions are limited to 100 days and this is why documenta is called “museum of 100 days. It features a variety of artistic mediums including painting, sculpture, film, photography, performance and installation and artists from all four corners of the world. The 1972 edition radically transformed the art world by redefining art. It featured the Swiss artist Adolf Wolfli, later become a prominent figure of the Art Brut scene.
We are very excited to be visiting it for the very first time and will report to you how it was and why you need to visit it!