11/04/2008

documenta 13

The preparations for documenta 13 have already begun.

Bernd Leifeld, CEO of documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH, introduced the international finding committee in Kassel. The committee of nine members has the aim of finding an artistic director for documenta 13. The members are :

Mr. Joseph Backstein
Director Institute of Contemporary Art Moscow, Artistic Director State Centre for Museums and Exhibitions « Rosizo », Moscow Biennial 2007

Mr. Manuel J. Borja-Villel
Director Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Madrid (formerly Director MACBA Barcelona)

Ms. Kathy Halbreich
Associate Director Museum of Modern Art New York (formerly Director Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Mr. Paulo Herkenhoff
Freelance Curator (formerly Director Museu Nacional Belas Artes Rio, Adjunct Curator MoMa New York, Director Sao Paulo Biennial 1998)

Mr. Oscar Ho
Director MA Programme in Cultural Management, Chinese University of
Hong Kong (formerly Exhibition Director of the Hong Kong Arts Centre and Founding Director of Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai)

Mr. Udo Kittelmann
Director Museum fuer Moderne Kunst Frankfurt / Main (formerly Director Koelnischer Kunstverein and 2001 Commissioner German Pavillion Biennal Venice)

Mr. Kasper Koenig
Director Museum Ludwig, Koeln (formerly Director Portikus and Professor Staedelschule Frankfurt/Main)

Ms. Elizabeth Ann Macgregor
Director Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney (formerly Director Ikon Gallery Birmingham)

Mr. Rein Wolfs
Artistic Director of the Kunsthalle Fridericianum Kassel (formerly Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam)


The international committee proposes the artistic director of the documenta 13 to the supervisory board of documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH, who will then be officially confirmed by the board. The supervisory board consists of 5 representatives of the city of Kassel, 5 representatives of the State of Hessia and 2 representatives of the Federal Cultural Foundation.

documenta 13 will take place from 09. 06. until 16. 09. 2012 in Kassel.

Bertram Hilgen, Lord Mayor of Kassel and Chairman of the supervisory board commented the work of the finding committee as follows:

?Already four years before the opening of the exhibition the course will be set for documenta 13 with this meeting of the finding committee. The finding committee which consists of top-class experts from home and abroad submits a proposal for an artistic director to the supervisory board of documenta und Museum Fridericianum Veranstaltungs-GmbH. In the past the supervisory board was always well advised to follow the proposal of the committee, as you could see with the appointment of the artistic director of documenta 12, Roger M. Buergel.?

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