printing futures

June 18 – September 25, 2022


This year, documenta will also be a guest in Göttingen for the first time! Under the title printing futures, Kunsthaus Göttingen presents ten international artists as a partner project of documenta fifteen, who deal with paper as an artistic medium in their work.

Paper is a material available everywhere, from rare art papers to simple everyday papers – printed or unprinted. White and full of potential, it can be used in a variety of ways. For documenta fifteen, Kunsthaus Göttingen will be transformed into a House of Paper, in which the participating artists will exhibit their works on various papers or demonstrate how the paper changes as the works of art develop over time.

Coming from Turkey, India, the USA, Bangladesh, Singapore, England, Lebanon and Germany, the artists will present new works.

On the other hand, some of them will also work on art projects directly on site at the Kunsthaus Göttingen and enter into dialogue with the visitors. The exchange with the documenta artists residing in Kassel, as well as the process-oriented Kassel project lumbung press, will also result in books that will be printed by the Steidl publishing house in Göttingen. These will not be catalogues, but in turn art objects that form the memory of this year’s documenta.

As part of printing futures and lumbung press, documenta fifteen and Kunsthaus Göttingen are realizing joint events, publications and residencies.

Opening times: Wed/Fri.- Sun. 11am – 6pm & Thur. 11am – 8pm

Free Admission* (Sponsor Sartorius)

Programme (to download)


The versatile project printing futures combines contributions by the artists Shahidul Alam (Bangladesh), Alper Aydin (Turkey), Theseus Chan (Singapore), Jim Dine (USA), Christoph Heubner (Germany), Sibel Horada (Turkey), Sofia Karim (England), Maya Mercer (USA), Albert Ostermaier (Germany) and Dayanita Singh (India) at three neighbouring locations within the Göttingen Art Quarter between Düstere Straße and Nikolaistraße adjacent to the Nikolaikirchhof. Nine artists will be presented at Kunsthaus Göttingen. Jim Dine will be exhibiting in the Oschmann House (Düstere Straße 26), and in the new Literaturhaus Göttingen performative events by Albert Ostermaier will temporarily tie in with the works by Maya Mercer shown at the Kunsthaus.

guided tours

“printing futures – art for tomorrow” is a plea for paper and print in the most diverse forms. In the one-hour tour, you will learn more about the social, artistic and political significance of a material and a technique that will probably never be defeated, contain almost limitless uses and are more relevant than ever. Also in English and Spanish language.

book a private tour:

You are welcome to book private tours with us!

You can find more information here.

october, 2023


steidl publishers – documenta fifteen / lumbung press

Only a few houses away from Kunsthaus Göttingen is the print and publishing house Steidl, where all processes of book production take place under one roof. Through the collaboration of Steidl, documenta fifteen and lumbung press – the latter a printing press installed in the documenta Halle in Kassel at which documenta artists test book and newspaper projects – Steidl will print, publish and distribute a new book for each artist exhibiting in the printing futures project.

Using offset printing and bookbinding as creative media, Steidl-documenta fifteen / lumbung press will implement the artists’ ideas in a variety of book objects that form a tangible and lasting memory of their contributions to documenta fifteen.

To illustrate the processes, Steidl will provide insights behind the scenes in August/September as part of a “Transparent Publishing House”.

Publishing projects – Kassel / Göttingen

Steidl Verlag – documenta15 / lumbung press

La Intermundial Holobiente / Argentina

Wajukuu Art Project / Kenia

Britto Arts Trust / Bangladesh

Further information on Steidl Publishers can be found at:


Credits: documenta fifteen, ruruHaus, Kassel, 2021, Foto: Nicolas Wefers

In 2022, Kassel will once again be the focus of international attention for 100 days: from 18 June to 25 September, documenta fifteen will take place – the fifteenth edition of documenta, which is considered one of the world’s most important exhibitions of contemporary art since 1955. Every five years it brings together international artists, cultural workers and visitors. The documenta has thus developed into a seismograph for international contemporary art and its engagement with current social issues. With ruangrupa, an artists’ collective is curating the documenta for the first time. The core group of nine artists from Jakarta, Indonesia, realises exhibitions, festivals and other projects together. Their work is based on a holistic social, spatial and personal practice in which values such as friendship, solidarity and community are of central importance.

More information on documenta can be found here.

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