German Culture Minister Claudia Roth is demanding an investigation into the incident at the exhibition, which opened last month, while the supervisory board expressed his “deep dismay”.
The general director of the prestigious German contemporary art fair documenta, Sabine Schormann , was forced to resign after the outrage caused by a work considered anti-Semitic.
The documenta supervisory board expressed its “deep dismay” that the opening of the fair in June “showed clearly anti-Semitic motifs”, according to its statement, released this Saturday. Consequently, an agreement was reached with Schormann to terminate his contract and appoint an interim director.
The work that caused the scandal belongs to the Indonesian art group Taring Padi and represents a pig with a helmet with the word ‘Mossad’ and a man with fangs, bloody eyes and ringlets of hair at the temples, who wears a hat with the acronym ‘SS’.
After the Israeli Embassy and representatives of German Jews demanded its removal, the work was quickly covered up. However, the controversy has tainted the event.
Schormann’s departure was supported by the German Minister of Culture, Claudia Roth, who demanded to investigate how said work could be admitted to the exhibition.
Shortly before the fair was criticized for the participation of the Palestinian artistic group The Question of Funding, which was accused of having links with the pro-Palestinian movement BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), described as anti-Semitic by the German Parliament in 2019, which was prohibited from receiving federal funds.
Despite the scandal and the resignation of the director, the exhibition It will remain open until September 25.
Documenta is one of the most important art exhibitions in the world and is held every 5 years in the German city of Kassel.