Auschwitz committee accuses documenta of cynicism free press

The allegations of anti-Semitic interpretation of art at the documenta continue. The deputy of the Auschwitz Committee, Christoph Heubner, finds clear words.


After new discussions at the documenta in Kassel about a film deemed anti-Semitic, the Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee sharply criticized the show. “The reaction of those responsible for documenta regarding the statements and demands of the panel of experts on anti-Semitism makes it clear once again that this documenta will go down in history as the documenta of cynicism,” said Christoph Heubner in Berlin. “For weeks at documenta fifteen, despite all the anti-Semitic derailments, the cash registers rang.”

The shareholders of the show – like the expert committee appointed by the shareholders on Monday – had previously spoken out in favor of no longer showing the controversial pro-Palestinian propaganda films, “at least until an appropriate contextualization has been made,” said the city of Kassel and the state of Hesse on Tuesday together with

The artistic direction, the Indonesian curator collective Ruangrupa, and the documenta leadership had rejected the demands of the scientists on Monday. Ruangrupa, who, as the artistic director of documenta fifteen, has the sole decision-making power, does not want to comply with the recommendation, according to a documenta statement for the Berlin art magazine “Monopol”.

In the committee’s statement, Heubner criticized that those responsible for documenta had “cynically included the public excitement and pain felt by Jewish people in view of these gaffes in their own reports of success”. Ruangrupa had abused the vast majority of artists “for an anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist and anti-Israel staging”. (dpa)


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