Ottoneum in Kassel

Ottoneum in Kassel, Germany

The edifice was built as a theatre by architect Wilhelm Vernukken in the years 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.


Grimm Brothers Museum in Kassel

Brüder-Grimm-Museum in Kassel, Germany

Another interesting venue of the dOCUMENTA (13) I visited today: The Grimm Brothers Museum (Brüder-Grimm-Museum) housed at the Palais Kassel.


Fridericianum in Kassel

Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany

I started my walk along the venues of the dOCUMENTA (13) at the Fridericianum. The building constructed in 1779 was one of the first houses built for the purpose of a public museum.

Public Art Sculptures

Sculpture by Stephan Balkenhol in Kassel

Sculpture by Stephen Balkenhol in Kassel, Germany

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.


Sundial at the Fridericianum in Kassel

Sundial at the Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany

Photo of a sundial seen at the tower of the Fridericianum in Kassel.


Architecture of the 50ties in Kassel

Architecture of the 50ties in Kassel, Germany

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 a good way to learn more about it.

Public Art

Diving platform on top of a hotel in Kassel

Diving platform on top of a hotel in Kassel, Germany

Odd detail seen on top of a hotel near Kassel Central Station: A diving platform! The explanation for this strange combination: It’s an artwork.