Though roiled by antisemitism allegations, 738,000 people attended, a modest 17% decline from the previous, pre-pandemic edition.
A floating art project can’t reach Documenta because the Weser River is too low and museums in the UK shutter galleries to keep workers and collections cool.
Her resignation comes a week after artist Hito Steyerl withdrew artwork from the exhibition and consultant Meron Mendel also stepped down.
The artist cited the organizers’ handling of antisemitism allegations and the ensuing fallout. Meron Mendel, head of the Anne Frank Educational Institute in Frankfurt, stepped down from his position as a consultant for the exhibition.
The New Delhi-based gallery and performance space Party Office wants Documenta to offer a public apology after artists reported incidents of racism and transphobic harassment in Kassel.
The 15th edition of the international art exhibition is a gathering of potentialities, a careful alignment of militant particles, and an assembly of thousands of diverse voices.
The Indonesian collective behind the work, Taring Padi, denied antisemitic intent and issued an apology, adding that it was the first time it was shown in “a European and German context.”
The show’s curators called it “a politically motivated threat” toward the artist collective The Question of Funding, members of whom have been the target of antisemitism accusations.
“It became clear that the accusations made against documenta fifteen and the forum itself currently render a free and productive discussion impossible,” the group ruangrupa wrote in a missive.
The city fo Kassel wants to relocate Olu Oguibe’s public sculpture, commissioned for last year’s Documenta.
Artists Hans Haacke, Sanja Ivekovic, Walid Raad, Annette Messager, and many other have been vocal about their objections to changes at the world’s foremost art quinquennial.
The organizers of Documenta 14 claim that allegations of overspending are not based on facts and may be used to compromise the exhibition’s independence.