The documenta city of Kassel
The Schlosshotel in Kassel – your starting point for many superb exhibitions and cultural highlights! Kassel, situated on both sides of the Fulda, is known worldwide in particular for its UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, with the Kassel water art and the "documenta" art exhibition, which has taken place every five years since 1955.
The “Rahmenbau” or “Landschaft im Dia” by the artist collective Haus-Rucker-Co is another documenta work of art from d6 (1977). The working group was founded in 1967 by Laurids Ortner, Günter Kelp, known as "Zamp", and Manfred Ortner in Vienna.
The three figures on top of the columned entrance originate from d9. In 1992, German artist Thomas Schütte installed his work of art known as “Die Fremden” here. It was made using ceramic glaze. Originally, there were 12 figures and objects such as shopping bags, containers and suitcases.
The secret crowd-pleaser, “Man walking to the sky” or “Himmelsstürmer” by Jonathan Borowsk, stood in the middle of Friedrichsplatz during d9. This 25-metre long steel pipe, which is made of fibre glass and depicts a man two-thirds of the way up the tube and walking towards the sky, is now located in the square in front of Kassel's main train station or Kulturbahnhof.
7,000 Oaks – City Forestation Instead of City Administration (7,000 Eichen – Stadtverwaldung statt Stadtverwaltung) was realised thanks to artist and art professor Joseph Beuys. The first tree was planted with a basalt slab directly in front of the museum during d7. The last tree planted was also moved to this location, seven metres from the first tree, on occasion of the d8 by the wife of Joseph Beuys, who sadly passed away on 23 January 1986.
The Spitzhacke (pickaxe) by Claes Oldenburg sits on the banks of the Fulda and appeared at documenta 7 in 1982. The “Spitzhacke” is 12 metres high, looks extremely light but weighs five tonnes. One day when walking through Kassel, Oldenburg spotted a pickaxe stuck in a mound of earth behind the orangery. He took a photo of it and later created the outline for a model of this pickaxe.