Birgit Jooss has just been appointed director of Documenta Archiv for 20th and 21st century art in Kassel.
Gathering the archives of documenta’s five-yearly exhibitions since the event was set up in 1955, documenta Archiv was founded by Arnold Bode in 1961. More than 100,000 volumes, 5,000 films, videos and sound recordings and some 60,000 photos make up a total of 1.4 million archives retracing documenta’s thirteen editions, with a database aimed at serving documenta Institut in collaboration with the University of Kassel. The Institut will enable the city of Kassel to become a key place for art research, including research on periods outside of documenta exhibition periods.
Birgit Jooss was director of the Deutsches Kunstarchiv at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg from 2007 to 2015. At documenta Archiv, she is replacing Gerd Mörsch who held the position from 2013 to 2015. The next documenta, documenta 14, will be taking place next year in Kassel and Athens, curated by Adam Szymczyk.