Anti-Semitic painting forced German exhibition organizer to resign

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 Anti-Semitic painting forced German exhibition organizer to resign

Sabina Schormann, director of Germany's major art exhibition Documenta-15, resigned after an exhibit with anti-Semitic elements sparked outrage at the event's opening last month.

"Presentation of the painting "People's Justice" of the art collective Taring Padi with its anti-Semitic imagery was a clear violation and thus caused significant damage to the exhibition”, — Organizers of the Documenta contemporary art exhibition said in a statement.

The painting depicts a soldier with a pig's face, wearing a neckerchief with a Star of David and a helmet with the inscription “Mossad”. criticism from Jewish groups as well as German and Israeli officials.

The Taring Padi collective from Indonesia has already apologized for the incident. It says the work, which they say was exhibited for the first time ​at the South Australian Arts Festival in Adelaide 20 years ago, “not related in any way” with anti-Semitism, but instead refers to the Indonesian dictatorship after 1965.

“We regret that the details of this banner have been misunderstood. We apologize for the damage caused in this context”, —

The German president raised the issue of anti-Semitism during his speech at the opening of the exhibition, saying there were “restrictions” what artists can do when they address political issues in a country that is still redeeming the Holocaust.

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