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Kassel City Council Approves Plan to Build Documenta Institute

On Monday, June 19, Kassel’s city council voted in favor of building a $26.8 million research center dedicated to Documenta at a site adjacent to the University of Kassel, HNA reports. After hosting the contemporary art exhibition every five years since 1955, Kassel will “keep alive the concept and experience of Documenta in the years between exhibitions,” the city council said in a statement.

Called Documenta Institute, the research center will be managed by the organizers of the exhibition, the city of Kassel, and the Fridericianum museum. The fifty-thousand-square-foot building will employ around twenty-five staff members and will host talks, conferences, and other events. The German government will contribute $13.4 million to the project, the state of Hesse will provide $6.7 million, and the city will fundraise the remaining $6.7 million.