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Venues of documenta fifteen

The exhibition venues already announced (as of September 2021), including for the first time venues in the industrial East Kassel - more about, see below

ruruHaus
Obere Königsstraße 43
34117 Kassel
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© Photo: Nicolas Wefers

more about

The ruruHaus, located in the former department store "Sportarena", at the Friedrichsplatz close to Fridericianum, is considered as the starting point and living room of documenta fifteen. Already since 2020, the ruruHaus serves as a "community laboratory", inviting communities, artists, collectives, students, etc., to participate in, activate, and capture the space together.
ruruHaus website


Fridericianum
Friedrichsplatz 18
34117 Kassel
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© Photo: Haupt & Binder, UiU

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The Museum Fridericianum opened in 1779. Inspired by the British Museum in London, landgrave Friedrich II had the building, which is regarded as one of the first public museum on the European continent, designed by his court architect Simon Louis du Ry.

Following the bombings during World War II, only the facade and the Zwehrenturm (tower) were left standing. The museum was provisionally rebuilt for the opening of the first Documenta in 1955. Since 1988, it has functioned as an art venue when no documenta is taking place.

(From press information by documenta)


documenta Halle
Du-Ry-Straße 1
34117 Kassel
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© Photo: Nicolas Wefers

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The first, and up to now only exhibition venue specifically constructed for the documenta was designed by the architects Jourdan and Müller, and was inaugurated in 1992 for documenta IX. It includes 1,400 m² for the exhibitions themselves, as well as ca. 700 m² for offices, cafeteria, repository, etc.

During the documenta off-season, the space is used for temporary exhibitions, conferences, celebrations and other events.


Museum of Natural History Ottoneum
Steinweg 2
34117 Kassel
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© Photo: Haupt & Binder, UiU

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Erected in 1603-06 as the first theater in Germany, the Ottoneum has been used over the centuries as a military chapel, a cannon foundry, the home to the landgrave's art collection, an observatory, and anatomical theater.

Since 1885 it has housed the Natural History Collection. During the allied bombings of 1943 the roof and second storey were destroyed. It was rebuilt without a cupola and in 1954 reopened as the Museum of Natural History.


Grimmwelt Kassel
Weinbergstraße 21
34117 Kassel
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© Photo: Haupt & Binder, UiU

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Opened in September 2015 on the Weinberg hill, this museum devoted to the life, work, and times of the Brothers Grimm, strikes a balance between both the popular appeal of folk and fairytale culture and the monumental scholarly achievement of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm as lexicographers and linguists.


Museum for Sepulchral Culture
Weinbergstraße 25–27
34117 Kassel
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© Photo: Haupt & Binder, UiU

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The Museum for Sepulchral Culture is unique in Germany and was opened in Kassel in 1992. It aims to illustrate continuity and change in dealing with the “last things” and to restore awareness for the experience of death, which has often been suppressed in society.

The permanent exhibition shows cultural, historical and contemporary testimonies to the culture of burial, cemeteries and grief in the German-speaking world from the Middle Ages to the present day. The temporary special exhibitions focus on individual aspects of cultural history, or also deal with current topics.

(From the website of the museum)


District of Bettenhausen, East Kassel

The industrial East Kassel comes into the more concentrated focus of a documenta for the first time during documenta fifteen: the district of Bettenhausen, characterized by extensive industrial real estate.

ruangrupa about the venues

“We want to create spaces that redefine the relationship between the city center and the periphery. It’s about decentralizing urban experience and connecting the different urban spaces—like the juxtaposition of industrial and residential areas—and the different people living here. To do so, documenta fifteen goes to the HÜBNER areal and Hallenbad Ost, as well as to further locations in the east and in other areas outside the center of Kassel. We work together with artists and collectives who move and work outside of designated art and cultural spaces in their practice. Engaging in conversations with people, their memories, as well as the history and stories of their local contexts is essential—also for the upcoming documenta”.

(From press information by documenta)

Hallenbad Ost
Leipziger Straße 99
34123 Kassel
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© Photo: Nicolas Wefers

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This listed indoor swimming-pool, built in the Bauhaus style in 1929, was closed in 2009 and has been empty since then. In 2018 the Kassel architects Marc Köhler, Keivan Karampour, and Thomas Meyer (KM Architekten) acquired the building with the aim of reactivating it. In 2022 it will provide documenta fifteen with almost 600 m² of exhibition space.
(From press information)


HÜBNER areal
Agathofstraße 15
34123 Kassel
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© Photo: Nicolas Wefers

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Constructed from the early 1970s on, the HÜBNER areal encompasses 20,000 m² of warehouses, production facilities, and open spaces belonging to the rail transport manufacturer HÜBNER. After almost 50 years the company is leaving its previous headquarters, which are going to be converted into depot of the Kasseler Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (KVG), the city’s public transport provider. This September HÜBNER is handing over around 7,500 m² of the premises to documenta fifteen, which will be able to make use of most of the production halls and their grounds for the duration.
(From press information)


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documenta fifteen

18 June - 25 September 2022
Kassel, Germany

Artistic Direction: ruangrupa

Concept: lumbung

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