Daniel Knorr’s Expiration Movement, 2017, which was installed at the top of the of the Zwehrenturm in Kassel for last year’s Documenta. Photo: Husnu Dokak.

New Documenta Institute in Search of Three Scholars

Catherine Hickley of the Art Newspaper reports that the German state of Hesse is looking for three scholars to research the history and importance of the Documenta quinquennial for the new Documenta Institute that will be erected in the city of Kassel, where the show has taken place since 1955 (last year’s organizers of Documenta, for the first time ever, hosted a section of the show outside of Kassel in Athens, Greece).

More than $660,000 has been put aside for hiring three new professors at the institute over the next year. The researchers will work closely with Nora Sternfeld, a professor who specialized in the history of Documenta at the Kassel School of Fine Arts. Boris Rhein, the Hesse minister for culture and science, said, “This expertise will keep alive the history and success of this global art exhibition outside the actual five-yearly exhibitions themselves. Together with the Documenta archive, the Documenta Institute and its research will turn the sixty-year history of the exhibition into a slice of art history.”

The Documenta Institute, which will cost almost $30 million to build, will be situated close to the Kassel School of Fine Arts. It will host conferences, events, and exhibitions related to Documenta’s archive and the exhibition’s historical significance.