In the future, documenta fifteen will be accompanied by a seven-member panel of experts in order to come to terms with the anti-Semitic incidents that occurred during the exhibition. Nicole Deitelhoff will chair the committee. The panel includes scholars with academic expertise in the fields of anti-Semitism, perspectives from global contexts and postcolonialism, art, and constitutional law. In light of the anti-Semitic incidents, the Documenta Supervisory Board decided on July 15, 2022, to take a number of measures to come to terms with them, including the appointment of a specialist scientific monitoring committee.
The proposal for the appointment of the expert scientific support was prepared by Angela Dorn, Hessian Minister for Science and the Arts (HMWK), and Dr. Susanne Völker, Head of the Department of Culture of the City of Kassel, on behalf of the shareholders of documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH. The supervisory board approved this proposal and recommended it to the shareholders' meeting, which also confirmed it, as the HMWK stated in a press release dated August 1, 2022.
"Our expert scientific monitoring has one central goal: to come to terms with how the anti-Semitic incidents at documenta fifteen could have occurred and to develop recommendations on how to deal with them in the future, both within the framework of the current exhibition and beyond it, so that this does not happen again," said the chairwoman of the panel, Prof. Dr. Deitelhoff.
The scholars are responsible for the initial stocktaking of the processes, structures and receptions surrounding documenta fifteen, are to make recommendations for the reappraisal and discuss which aspects require more in-depth scholarly analysis. They will also advise on the analysis of possible further anti-Semitic imagery and language as well as works already identified as anti-Semitic. The advisory results and positions will be presented to the supervisory board and the shareholders, who will make them available to documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH and the curators and enter into a dialogue on them. Curatorial responsibility remains the explicit task of the artistic director ruangrupa.
In addition to Nicole Deitelhoff, the scientific advisory board continues to include: Prof. Dr. Marion Ackermann, General Director of the Dresden State Art Collections, Prof. Dr. Julia Bernstein, Professor of Discrimination and Inclusion in the Immigration Society, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Marina Chernivsky, Psychologist and Executive Director of the Counseling Center for Anti-Semitic Violence OFEK e. V., Prof. Peter Jelavich, Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Prof. Dr. Christoph Möllers, Professor of Public Law and Philosophy of Law, Humboldt University, Berlin, and Prof. Dr. Facil Tesfaye, Junior Professor at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Hong Kong. Other scholars may also be called upon to serve as experts.