documenta 15. German-Israeli Society to visit exhibition amid anti-Semitism scandal

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06 August 2022, Hessen, Kassel: Visitors to documenta fifteen exhibition sit on the steps of the Fridericianum. Photo: Uwe Zucchi/dpa

Members of the German-Israeli Society (DIG) plan to visit documenta, one of the art world’s most important events, in Kassel, Germany, on Tuesday amid multiple accusations of anti-Semitism.

”We are linking our visit to a protest against the dam bursting at documenta in the history of post-war anti-Semitism,” DIG President Volker Beck said on Sunday, adding that he planned to come alongside DIG member Constantin Ganß.

Documenta is an art event held every five years in Kassel. Since the show opened in June, a major artwork was pulled from display for containing anti-Semitic caricatures.

The show also contained drawings from the 1980s of Israeli soldiers, including one with a hooked nose.

The documenta’s director general, Sabine Schormann, resigned in the wake of the events.

Last week, members of Germany’s governing coalition called for documenta to be shut down until it could be vetted for further anti-Semitic works. © dpa

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