July 6, 2018

Former Documenta CEO Annette Kulenkampff Joins German Institute of Urban Design

DORTMUND, GERMANY—Annette Kulenkampff, the former CEO of Documenta who stepped down amid controversy over the quinquennial’s fourteenth edition, has been named the director of the German Institute for Urban Design in Dortmund, Monopol reports. She took up the post on July 1.

The institute, which is part of the Technical University of Dortmund, was founded by the architect Christoph Mäckler, the institute’s inaugural director. Commenting on the appointment, Mäckler said that Kulenkampff will be tasked with expanding the organization’s reach by establishing a branch of the institute in Frankfurt.

Last year, Kulenkampff came under fire after it was revealed that Documenta 14—the first iteration of the exhibition to be held in two cities, Athens and Kassel—concluded with a deficit of more than $8 million. Following backlash over how the exhibition was managed, Kulenkampff resigned from her post as CEO of Documenta in November 2017, a year before her contract expired.

In April, executive Sabine Schormann was tapped as Documenta’s new CEO. When her appointment was announced, Schormann pledged to “strengthen public perception and ensure the greatest possible development of Documenta without intervening artistically.”

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