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Documenta 12 curator Roger M. Buergel

AMID ALL THE FRENZIED speculation surrounding the selection of the next Documenta curator, Roger M. Buergel probably didn’t top many lists of potential candidates. Although known and respected throughout much of the German-speaking art world, he only began to organize relatively sizable exhibitions within the past four years. Moderate recognition in the United States came in late 2002, when the Menil Collection in Houston named Buergel the first recipient of its Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. Yet his lack of renown in the States, coupled with the award’s newness, made it a little-remarked event. Still, with Catherine David on the Menil jury, close observers may have noticed the stars aligning in Buergel’s favor. The endorsement of a former Documenta curator was just one of several factors ultimately recommending Buergel for the director’s post.

Born in 1962 in Berlin but

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