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Documenta director: systematic investigation of the works

Sabine Schormann

Sabine Schormann, Director General of the documenta and the Museum Fridericianum. Photo: Swen Pförtner/dpa/archive image

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Because of the anti-Semitism scandal at the documenta, documenta general director Sabine Schormann has announced that the art exhibition will be systematically examined for “further critical works”. “Ruangrupa will also have to do justice to its curatorial task,” she said in an interview with the “Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine” (HNA, Thursday). The Indonesian collective Ruangrupa is curating documenta fifteen. The group is now supported by recognized experts such as Meron Mendel from the Anne Frank educational center in Frankfurt.

the documenta-General director Sabine Schormann has announced a systematic examination of the art exhibition for “further critical works” because of the anti-Semitism scandal at the documenta. “Ruangrupa will also have to do justice to its curatorial task,” she said in an interview with the “Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine” (HNA, Thursday). The Indonesian collective Ruangrupa curates documenta fifteen. The group is now supported by recognized experts such as Meron Mendel from the Anne Frank educational center in Frankfurt.

“It is not the task of the management to inspect and approve all works in advance,” said Schorman. “That would contradict the purpose of the documenta.” It is therefore also not possible to submit the art to an expert committee for approval in advance, for example. This is a core task of the artistic direction.

A work of art by the Indonesian collective Taring Padi classified as anti-Semitic was dismantled after a few days at the documenta. Schormann resigned in that interview a series of talks on the subject. There should also be a “meeting point” at Friedrichsplatz in Kassel – with the Anne Frank educational center and other civil society actors. The work was set up on Friedrichsplatz before it was wrapped up and finally dismantled on Tuesday.

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