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Documenta Appoints Corporate Executive Sabine Schormann as CEO

Documenta, the quinquennial German exhibition, announced today that it has named executive Sabine Schormann as its new CEO. She currently serves as the director of the foundation of Lower Saxony’s Sparkasse bank and the foundation of VGH insurance, both in Northern Germany.

Schormann succeeds Annette Kulenkampff, who stepped down from her position in November amid controversy when the city of Kassel and the state of Hesse had to rescue Documenta’s parent company from bankruptcy after its fourteenth edition. She will also work with the current interim director, Wolfgang Orthmayr—formerly the commercial director of Stage Entertainment GmbH, a company that produces musicals—until she is ready to take up the post this fall.

“It’s time to look ahead,” Christian Geselle, the mayor of Kassel and the chair of Documenta’s supervisory board, said. Commenting on her appointment, Schormann said: “I see my role as an enabler. I want to strengthen public perception and ensure the greatest possible development of Documenta without intervening artistically.”

One of Schormann’s first responsibilities will be to begin the search for the artistic director of Documenta 15, which the exhibition claims will still take place as planned in 2022.