Item: Documenta III 1964 Exhibition Poster
Designer/Maker: Arnold Bode, Artistic Director.
documenta is an exhibition of modern and contemporary art which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. It was founded by artist, teacher and curator Arnold Bode in 1955. The first exhibition centered on the works of those artists which had been known as “Entartete Kunst” in Germany during the Nazi era: Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Blauer Reiter, Futurism and Pittura Metafisica. Therefore, abstract art, in particular the abstract paintings of the 1920s and 1930s were the focus of interest in this exhibition.
Over time, the focus shifted to contemporary art. At first, the show was limited to works from Europe, but it soon covered works of artists from the Americas, Africa and Asia. Documenta IV, the first ever to turn a profit, featured a selection of Pop Art, Minimal Art, and Kinetic Art. Adopting the theme of Questioning Reality — Pictorial Worlds Today, the 1972 documenta radically redefined what could be considered art by featuring minimal and conceptual art, marking a turning point in the public acceptance of those styles.
Description: Original vintage poster for documenta III
International Exhibition 27 June – 5 October 1964 Museum Fridericianum, Orangerie, Alte Galerie, Staatliche Werkkunstschule
Dimensions: 29-1/2″ sq.
Condition: Very Good
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