Finding documenta – but I’ll spare you the art

by Matthias · 26.09.2012 · Escapism · 2 comments

Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art

When recently Elisa and I went to Kas­sel, we took this oppor­tun­ity only because of doc­u­menta. To be hon­est, oth­er­wise I would have never con­sidered to visit this small West­ern Ger­many town. I have to con­fess: as a Ber­liner, the rest of Ger­many that lies behind Pots­dam always felt like the provinces I never desired to dis­cover. Though this is cer­tainly not true and a quite exag­ger­ated hoity-toity view, I neg­lected other parts of Ger­many for a long time but was more than aston­ished as I vis­ited a typ­ical West Ger­many city like Kas­sel, that suffered heavy war dam­ages and was rebuilt in main parts dur­ing the Fifties. The archi­tec­ture tells a lot about this his­tor­ical turn­ing point and though many people from towns such as Kas­sel com­plain about an awful town­scape, my East Ger­man heart is delighted about the obvi­ous dif­fer­ence to everything Ber­lin, Rostock, Leipzig, Dresden and other cit­ies offer.

Elisa and I had other inten­tions to visit Kas­sel – the art, obvi­ously, but I’ll spare with you any remarks, pic­tures or even cri­tique, since there are bet­ter places for that. How­ever, after I was quickly bored and tired by the masses, I gained interest in other details that doc­u­menta and Kas­sel yiel­ded. Whether it was the simple sight of unusual spots that the fest­ival opened up for pub­lic, the amuse­ment to watch the just as tired but still eager masses of inter­na­tional vis­it­ors or the always present, cozy small-town atmo­sphere that made Kas­sel so charm­ing to me – the exhib­i­tion soon was only an occa­sion to delight in such sim­pler things. Elisa, who didn’t have the same met­ro­pol­itan back­ground and new cit­ies and towns such as Kas­sel quite well, surely greeted my newly gained interest with silent smile. But that was all the same to me, I was thrilled to bits.

After return­ing to Ber­lin and down­load­ing the pho­tos from my cam­era, I noticed that, indeed, I didn’t pay much atten­tion to the exhib­i­tions. How­ever, I think there are some nice impres­sions to share: Find­ing doc­u­menta – but I’ll spare you the art.

Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
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Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the artFinding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
Finding documenta – but I'll spare you the art
2 comments
  1. Cool that you were Find­ing the 1950s Hessen­land hotel — did you ask to see room 105? It’s the only one kept in ori­ginal 1953 style. The corner stair­case in the 1950s AOK build­ing on Friedrich­s­platz is also fam­ous, per­haps less remark­able now, but sen­sa­tional light archi­tec­ture back then.

  2. Too bad, we didn’t know about that! We mostly went to the doc­u­menta spots and couldn’t do thor­ough research on hid­den archi­tec­ture gems. But soon, I guess, by no later than 2017!