The historical architecture of the Kunsthochschule Kassel

The student research team in Art History and Aesthetics (Prof. Kai-Uwe Hemken), which is exploring the history of the Kassel Art Academy from 1900 to 1960 in all its facets, is also devoting itself to the architecture of the Academy. This was not always conceived with the modern design language that can be found today in the Posenenske building. Two illustrations (see on the right) show the historical complex with a main building and several pavilions, which was designed by government and building councillor Alfred Bohnstedt at the beginning of the 20th century and ceremoniously opened in 1908 on the identical site of today's Kunsthochschule Kassel building.

For the publication planned by the Art History and Aesthetics research team, the renowned architectural historian Prof. Dieter Dolgner has written an extensive text that presents the architect and the concept of the complex at the time for the first time. In addition to historical topics, the publication is also dedicated to the current building complex of the Kunsthochschule Kassel. It also covers architects such as Hans Söder, Heinrich Lauterbach, Hermann Mattern and Karl Böttcher as well as architectural education.

The publication is co-financed by the Volksbank Kassel-Göttingen.