documenta 15 happy with visitor numbers despite scandal

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    18 September 2022, Hessen, Kassel. Credit line: Swen Pförtner / AFP / Profimedia
  • 18 September 2022, Hessen, Kassel, Museum Fridericianum. Credit line: Swen Pförtner / AFP / Profimedia
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    18 September 2022, Hessen, Kassel. In front of the documenta hall. Credit line: Swen Pförtner / DPA / Profimedia
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    Credit line: Swen Pförtner / AFP / Profimedia

The fifteenth edition of Germany’s world-famous five-yearly documenta art show has reported receiving respectable visitor numbers, despite a scandal over alleged anti-Semitism that led to the resignation of the show’s director.

“If we extrapolate the current attendance figures, it seems that overall we will only end up about 15 to 20% below the attendance figures for documenta 14,” the show’s interim managing director, Alexander Farenholtz, said ahead of the exhibit’s closure on September 25.

Farenholtz framed the figures as a relative success in view of pandemic restrictions still in place during the the run up to exhibit that takes place in the city of Kassel in central Germany, and the subsequently limited travel possibilities.

Over 410,000 people visited documenta 15 during the first half of its 100-day run, according to the exhibit’s own figures. By comparison, documenta 14 saw 445,000 visitors during its first 50 days in 2017.

In total, documenta 14 attracted around 891,500 visitors, while the provisional figures for this year are estimated at between 710,000 and 760,000 visitors, with final a visitor tally to be announced on September 25. © dpa

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