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After the anti-Semitism scandal: Scholz wants to stay away from the documenta

Olaf Scholz

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD). Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa

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After the anti-Semitism allegations against works at the Kassel documenta, Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants to refrain from visiting the art show this year. «Olaf Scholz is a big fan of the documenta and has probably never missed a documenta in the past 30 years. But he decided not to visit this year’s edition,” said a government spokeswoman for the German Press Agency on Wednesday. The “Jewish General” had previously reported.

After the allegations of anti-Semitism against works on the Kassel, Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants documenta do not visit the art show this year. «Olaf Scholz is a big fan of the documenta and has probably never missed a documenta in the past 30 years. But he decided not to visit this year’s edition,” said a government spokeswoman for the German Press Agency on Wednesday. The “Jewish General” had previously reported.

An installation by the Indonesian artists’ collective Taring Padi had previously been dismantled, showing, among other things, a pig-faced soldier. He wore a scarf with a Star of David and a helmet with the inscription “Mossad” – the name of the Israeli foreign intelligence service.

“Chancellor Olaf Scholz finds the said image in Kassel disgusting and considers it entirely correct and appropriate to remove this poster, the spokeswoman continued. “In Germany there is no place for anti-Semitic depictions, not even at an art exhibition.”

The documenta management should face up to its responsibility for this process. “In the run-up to this renowned exhibition, there were a whole series of warnings – it is all the more irritating that this scandal has nevertheless happened,” criticizes the SPD politician.

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