German Culture Director Andreas Hoffmann becomes Managing Director of Kassel Documenta. She said Thursday that he will take over at the Contemporary Art Fair on May 1. Hoffmann is still currently Managing Director of the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg. Until he takes over, Ferdinand von Saint-André will continue to run the business. After the Documenta fifteen exhibition ended, he was appointed as the interim director.
Previously, cultural director Alexander Farinholtz had temporarily taken over the running of the business after the document’s general director, Sabine Schurmann, resigned from her post a month after the previous show began. This was prompted by the scandal surrounding documentary artwork that had been interpreted as anti-Semitic.
“The personnel decision of the new Director-General also determines the course of the document’s future in Kassel,” said the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Documents, Lord Mayor Christian Geisel (SPD), and Hesse Minister of Art Angela Dorn (The Greens). As a cultural institution, the document must continue to grapple with questions of content and structural challenges. (apa/dpa)
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