Director of Documenta steps down

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Bernd Leifeld, who has managed the high-profile contemporary art exhibition in Kassel since 1996, says he leaves “with weeping eyes” but on his own terms

By Julia Michalska. Web only
Published online: 26 March 2014


Don’t cry for me Documenta: Bernd Leifeld

Bernd Leifeld will step down from his post as managing director of Documenta on 1 April. One of the world’s most high-profile art exhibitions, Documenta takes place every five years in the Germany city of Kassel. “I am leaving with two weeping eyes,” Leifeld said in an interview with the German Press Agency. “But I wanted to decide for myself when I leave.” Leifeld has managed Documenta since 1996, presiding over four editions of the show. During his tenure, the exhibition has seen a significant rise in visitor numbers.

Annette Kulenkampff, the managing director of Hatje Cantz, a prestigious German publishing house, will take over Leifeld’s position. She was already involved in the decision to name the Polish curator Adam Szymczyk as the artistic director of Documenta 14, which is scheduled to take place from 10 June to 17 September 2017. Asked about his plans for the future, Leifeld told the Press Agency: “First, I will eat breakfast at home on 1 April.”

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