The district of Bettenhausen, characterized by extensive industrial real estate, is hosting a large exhibition complex on the former premises of the HÜBNER transport engineering company and the indoor pool Hallenbad Ost. From the city center, with the ruruHaus as its starting point and living room, along with the Fridericianum, documenta Halle, Museum of Natural History Ottoneum, GRIMMWELT, and Museum for Sepulchral Culture, documenta fifteen extends across the Fulda in an easterly direction.
“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,” says ruangrupa.
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.
The traces of industrial production that can be read in the halls will not be smoothed over in the course of their use by the documenta. “On the contrary,” says ruangrupa, “they should be visible and relate to the works that will be on display here in the summer of 2022 for documenta fifteen.”
In addition to the HÜBNER areal, Hallenbad Ost will strengthen the establishment of documenta fifteen in the east of the city. 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.
The two exhibition venues are generously laid out, so that visitors will be able to keep their distance on clearly defined and directed pathways in the case of continuing Covid restrictions.
documenta fifteen venues so far:
Du-Ry-Straße 1, 34117 Kassel
Friedrichsplatz 18, 34117 Kassel
Weinbergstraße 21, 34117 Kassel
Leipziger Straße 99, 34123 Kassel
Agathofstraße 15, 34123 Kassel
Museum for Sepulchral Culture
Weinbergstraße 25–27, 34117 Kassel
Museum of Natural History Ottoneum
Steinweg 2, 34117 Kassel
Obere Königsstraße 43, 34117 Kassel
Further venues will be announced.
Read the full press release here.