documenta is an international exhibition of modern and contemporary art which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. dOCUMENTA (13) is its thirteenth edition from 9 June until 16 September 2012. the exhibition in Kassel is presented at eight main venues, with further projects located at various sites throughout the center of the city
initiator of the first documenta in 1955 was art professor and curator Arnold Bode from Kassel. on the first exhibition Bode wanted to show the works of those artists which had been known as “Entartete Kunst” in Germany during the nazi era: fauvism, expressionism, cubism, futurism, abstract art, etc. over time the focus shifted to contemporary art
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