After leaving Kassel Central Station, I saw this odd detail on a hotel roof: a diving platform! The explanation for this strange view: It’s public art with the title “Arschbombe”. Kassel is truly a hotspot for contemporary art.
The building was erected as a theatre by architect Wilhelm Vernukken in 1603/1606. The commissioner was Landgraf Moritz, who named the Ottoneum after his son Otto. Today, a natural history museum is housed here. Well-known collection pieces are a Xylotheque and the Ratzenberger Herbarium. [German]
Another interesting venue of the dOCUMENTA (13) I visited today: The Grimm Brothers Museum (Brüder-Grimm-Museum) housed at the Palais Bellevue.in Kassel.
In 2012 I visited the dOCUMENT (13) in Kassel. The Fridericianum was the first building I came across on this trip. A building with a catching story for museum buffs like me.
Fun detail seen in Kassel: A figure standing on top of a sphere inside a church tower. Its a sculpture created by the artist Stephan Balkenhol. The traffic lights are not art, I was just standing at a pedestrian crossing and there was no time for a better position.
Photo of a sundial seen at the tower of the Fridericianum in Kassel.
After World War II, a large part of Kassel was rebuilt in the style of the 50ties. So if you are interested in the architecture of this period, a walk through Kassel is an appropriate way to learn more about it.