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Club 53

Club 53 came together under the leadership of Arnold Bode in 1953. It was a circle of friends who prepared and developed ideas for the first documenta. They met mostly in the private house of Arnold Bode. The aim was to establish a registered association under the name " Europäische Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts " with the subtitle "Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung und Durchführung einer Veranstaltung anlässlich der Bundesgartenschau 1955". On April 28, 1953 the association was entered in the Kassel register of associations under the changed name of "Abendländische Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts anlässlich der Bundesgartenschau 1955".