The documenta is an art exhibition that is organized after every five years in Kassel, Germany, to promote modern and contemporary art. Arnold Bode, an artist, art teacher and curator, is the brain behind documenta – having founded the exhibit in 1955 to be experienced by those who had attended the Bundesgartenschau (Federal Horticultural Show).
This exhibition was meant to open up Germany to modern art being created in other countries, especially after the Fascist era. The first documenta exhibition was dominated by Kandinsky and Picasso, who were significant influencers of modern art. Recent shows run for a maximum of 100 days and showcase art from all corners of the world.