|Susan Philipsz at dOCUMENTA (13)|
||At the Kassel Hauptbahnhof the piece Studie für Streichorchester by Susan Philipsz is installed, an elaboration on the same titled piece by the Czech composer Pavel Haas. It was written and first performed at the Jewish Getto of Theresienstadt in 1943. During the Second World War from this station trains were leaving deporting Jews from Kassel. Haas was deported to Auschwitz and killed very soon after.|
The Hauptbahnhof was Kassel's main central station, until all long-distance trains were relocated to the newly built Bahnhof Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe in 1991. Today it is only a local commuter station, and large parts stand empty or are used for new purposes.
The Bahnhof was built between 1851 and 1856 following sketches of Gottlob Engelhard in the style of Romantic Classicism. At the beginning of the 20th century the station was extended, but mostly destroyed again through bombing during WWII. It was reconstructed between 1952 and 1960 under architect Friedrich Bätcher in the style of 1950s, with restoration and integration of some of the old features. In 1953 it was connected to the city center via the newly constructed pedestrian zone, the "Treppenstrasse".
In 1995 the disused railway station was turned into a cultural venue and became known as the KulturBahnhof. It includes the BALi cinemas, Caricatura, a gallery for comic art, the restaurant and club Gleis 1, the gallery Stellwerk, the KAZ (Kassel Architecture Centre) and the Offener Kanal Kassel (an interactive radio station). In 1997 and 2002 the KulturBahnhof was used as a venue for documenta X and 11.
number RT3, RT4, RT5, RT9 and R1, R5, R39, RE30
stop: Kassel Hauptbahnhof
Susan Philipsz was born in 1965 in Glasgow and lives in Berlin. Her solo exhibitions have included the Ludwig Forum, Aachen (2011), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2011), Artangel, London (2010), and the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid (2009). She has participated in a group exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010), and in the Biennale of Sydney (2008), and Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007). In 2010, she won the Turner Prize.
photo: Metropolis M
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