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Selecting Documenta's director

AS EVERY VISITOR to Kassel knows, a beefcake Hercules, loins girded and club in hand, looms above the city from Wilhelmshöhe, the palace and grounds at the town’s edge. When the art world descends on this small German city this summer for Documenta X; will Hercules be in a belligerent mood, ready to ward off attacks on this year’s artistic director, Catherine David? or will he be at his most genial, presiding over a well-received bonanza?

Whatever the show’s reception, this Documenta has not lacked precipitate critics and hiccups in planning. Things began typically enough. As is customary, in the five fallow years between shows, a committee, headed by the mayor of Kassel and composed of a dozen representatives from local political organizations, businesses, and museums, met every few months to monitor progress and to confirm the jury (nominated by the Fridericianum’s administrator) that

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