The fascinating diversity of modern art
There are streets that live up to their names – for example Schöne Aussicht, "glorious view", above Kassel's Karlsaue park, because this street not only offers fantastic vistas across the extensive landscaped park but also leads to the Neue Galerie. An imposing historic building houses Kassel's modern art collection, where you can also expect to see many "glorious sights", indeed. With works by Lovis Corinth, Max Ernst, Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol and many others, the list of the artists on show here reads like a who's who of recent art history. Every room offers new, surprising perspectives.
Besides paintings, sculptures and media art from the covering the period from the 18th century until today, the collection focuses particularly on documenta works from the past few decades. The presentation "about: documenta" on the top floor also takes you on a fascinating tour through the history of the world-famous exhibition series Kassel hosts every five years. A rather hidden gem in the Neue Galerie are the works by the "Willingshäuser Malerschule" exhibited on the ground floor, an artists' colony whose members skilfully captured rural life in the town of Schwalm, which is located just south of Kassel, on canvas around 300 years ago.