ruangrupa was appointed as curator of the world art exhibition documenta in Kassel, Germany. The grand exhibition will take place from 18 June to 25 September 2019. Never before has an Indonesian – or, in fact, Asian – art curator reached as high an achievement as ruangrupa. Documenta is considered as one of the most prestigious high-quality global art events by citizens of the art world. Documenta holds a special position compared to other world class biennales, such as the Venice Biennale or the São Paulo Art Biennial, let alone more commercial art fairs.
All members of the Finding Committee, a committee consisting of renowned art experts tasked with candidate selection, agreed to choose ruangrupa over other nominees. Nominated unanimously by the International Finding Committee, ruangrupa was appointed as the artistic direction of documenta 15 by the Supervisory Board. This was announced by the general director of documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH, Dr. Sabine Schormann on 22 February 2019.