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The art pinnacles of the city that hosts the documenta

Even in years when the documenta is not on, the lights stay on in Kassel unlike what Harald Szeemann claimed back in 1972. In the Fridericianum, the Kunsthalle and the Kunstverein both support contemporary art. In Europes largest Baroque hillside park with the modernized Schloss Wilhelmshöhe Castle, the Gemäldegalerie showcases old masters from a collection that is among Germanys best. Other historical institutions that are part of the Kassel Museum World project to which the State of Hessen has committed 200 million euro, will be opening in 2013 to coincide with the 1,100th anniversary of the citys foundation.

Kassel classics - Gemäldegalerie

Invaluable masterpieces: In Schloss Wilhelmshöhe there is an extensive collection ranging from the Late Gothic period to Classicism. Including paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt and Frans Hals < more >

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Kassel classics - Neue Galerie

20th and 21st-century art: The Neue Galerie collection includes individual works from the 19th century and acquisitions of exhibits shown at the documenta, among others by Gerhard Richter and Joseph Beuys < more >

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Kassel classics - Hessisches Landesmuseum

Four collections: The building is home to the German Wallpaper Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts, the collections of prehistorical items and from ancient history, and the ethnographical collection < more >

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Kassel classics - Antikensammlung

Sculptures and artifacts: 1,400 exhibits from the Bronze Age to the Roman Empire are on show in Schloss Wilhelmshöhe. The first ancient objects in the collection arrived in Kassel as long ago as 1688 < more >

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Kassel classics - Museum für Sepulkralkultur

Coffins and images of death: The museum’s collection focuses on the topic of dying and death. Of particular interest: the special exhibitions, such as "Dying and Death in Rock Music" < more >

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Inside tip Kassel - Fridericianum

Art with a social thrust: One of the first public museums on the European continent presents changing exhibitions with works by renowned international artists < more >

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Inside tip Kassel - Kunstverein

Artists with roots in the region: Fridericianum is home not only to the Kunsthalle but also the Kunstverein. The association is run by a pro bono board, whose members choose the exhibition program < more >

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Gemäldegalerie (1), Neue Galerie (2), Hessisches Landesmusem (3), Antikensammlung (4), Museum für Sepulkralkultur (5), Kunsthalle Fridericianum (6), Kunstverein (7)