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documenta is recognized as the world’s most renowned and debated international exhibition of contemporary art. documenta was founded in Kassel by a group of experts and aficionados led by the artist and designer Arnold Bode. Their intention was to show that modern art had a place in the process of reconstructing German society after World War II. The specific timing and the initial choice of locale allowed documenta to evolve into a venture that has now been in progress for over sixty years. Since its inception in 1955, documenta has welcomed thousands of artists and cultural practitioners from diverse contexts and locations around the globe. Every five years, documenta presents new directions to an international audience. Now in existence for six decades, documenta has established a reputation as a constantly changing institution in the city of Kassel—and a major force in the process of shaping the global discourse on contemporary art.


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