Who'd have thought that Kassel
has this much variety to offer!
Visiting a museum is something you only do on a rainy day? Oh no it isn't! There are more than 20 museums in Kassel that focus on a huge variety of themes. All of them promise to be a super experience in any weather! They invite you to laugh out loud, swear like a trooper, explore the world's funeral customs, discover nature and technology and, of course, also admire fascinating works of art from many periods. Obviously, you'll also be able to enjoy numerous exhibits from the international art exhibition documenta. By the way: you'll also find many impressive works of art created for the documenta dotted around Kassel, including thousands of oaks planted as an installation by the famous artist Joseph Beuys. They are easy to spot, as a striking basalt stela was erected next to each tree...
GRIMMWELT: Fairy tales and more...
Most people probably know who the Grimm brothers were – and will be familiar with their world-famous fairy tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Mother Hulda and so on. However, very few people are aware of the fact that their collection of fairy tales, for the most part compiled in Kassel, was only one aspect of their work. Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm were also renowned linguists who also "collected" words. With works such as their dictionary of the German language, they laid the foundations for the study of Germanic linguistics and philology. GRIMMWELT brings the way the scholarly brothers lived and worked to life with various exciting interactive exhibits and is also home to the Grimm brothers' personal copies of the Children's and Household Tales, which have been added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.
Museum for Sepulchral Culture: Remarkably lively!
A tour of the Museum for Sepulchral Culture in Kassel is also a very interesting experience. There is no other museum like it in Germany: it is dedicated to death in all of its facets. The permanent exhibits explore the cultural history of funeral, cemetery and mourning customs in the German-speaking countries from the Middle Ages to the present. Special exhibitions focus on important cultural heritage aspects of the topics of death and funerals, and also address current issues. You can also learn here that there is sometimes a funny side to death and that it is often linked to love and Eros.
Neue Galerie: Modern art collection
Whether Lovis Corinth or Max Ernst, Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys or Andy Warhol: the list of artists whose works are exhibited at the Neue Galerie reads like a who's who of our more recent art history. Look forward to a varied journey through the different periods of modern art – from romantic landscape paintings to contemporary works. The collection particularly focuses on the international art exhibition documenta: besides a fascinating presentation about the history of the exhibition series on the top floor, you will also find numerous documenta works from the past decades here. The collection centrepiece is a room on the ground floor furnished by none other than Joseph Beuys himself, where the installation "The Pack" and numerous smaller works provide some insights into the artist's work.
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister: Famous painters and opulent colours
The Alte Meister art gallery in Schloss Wilhelmshöhe palace is considered to be one of Germany's most important art collections. Here, you can admire more than 500 masterpieces dating from the Late Gothic to the early Classicist periods. The collection particularly focuses on 17th century Dutch and Flemish art. One of the most famous artists of this period was Rembrandt. Some of his best-known works, such as "Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph" or his portrait of Saskia van Uylenburgh, are on display here. Numerous masterpieces by Rubens, Frans Hals, Van Dyck and Jordaens never fail to impress. The German, Italian, French and Spanish Old Masters are also represented, with works by Dürer, Titian, Poussin and Murillo.