Arnold Bode was an artist and founder of the first documenta in Kassel.
Arnold Bode was a German curator, art professor, painter, designer and initiator of the first documenta. He was born in Kassel, Germany. In 1919 he studied painting and art design at the Kunstakademie in Kassel. Bode worked from 1928 to 1933 as a painter and art professor in Berlin. When the Nazis came to power they banned him from his profession. Arnold Bode returned to his hometown of Kassel following the war.
Bode organised the first documenta exhibition in Kassel in 1955. The documenta is an exhibition of contemporary art, which took place in Kassel at that time, and was an attempt to bring Germany up to speed with modern art, both banishing and repressing the cultrial darkness of Narzism.
Every documenta is limited to 100 days of exhibition, which is why it is often referred to as the “museum of 100 days”.