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Addressing the issue of anti-Semitism: Documenta's think tank is hampered in its work - Culture

Addressing the issue of anti-Semitism: Documenta’s think tank is hampered in its function – Society

The chair of Documenta’s think tank, Nicole Deitelhoff, has criticized the administration of the planet art exhibition in Kassel for its handling of renewed accusations of anti-Semitism. “The committee was not educated about the pasting or about the removing of functions from the exhibition if they had been especially eliminated,” Deitelhoff informed “Welt am Sonntag”. The two are fully inappropriate with a check out to working with the difficulty of anti-Semitism in these works and enormously hinder the operate of the committee.

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Accusations of anti-Semitism towards Documenta Fifteen have been circulating since the beginning of the year. Shortly just after the opening of the exhibition, a banner with anti-Jewish motifs by the Indonesian artwork collective Taring Padi was taken out.

Quite a few works ended up later on criticized as anti-Semitic, including depictions in a pamphlet, which have because been eradicated from the exhibition. Not long ago there was outrage more than a different Taring Padi work, just after which a headdress depicted on it, resembling a yarmulke, was pasted.

In gentle of accusations of anti-Semitism, documenta’s associates, the metropolis of Kassel and the point out of Hesse, appointed an professional committee of 7 experts to supply scientific aid for the exhibition in the coming months. Its president, Deitelhoff, is director of the Hessian Foundation of the Leibniz Institute for Peace and Conflict Study. (dpa)