Naturkundemuseum im Ottoneum

Naturkundemusem im Ottoneum, photo: Mathias Völzke

After its partial destruction during World War II, the Ottoneum performed a remarkable shift: from a theater—arguably the first theater building in Germany, constructed in the early seventeenth century—to its current status as Kassel’s natural history museum. In an attempt to reconcile the two, many of the artworks featured on the Ottoneum’s ground floor deal with the theater of land. From issues around cartography and accessing Indigenous history to reflections on landscape and the urban-rural relationship, the presentation by documenta 14 advances the question of how land rights and the politics of land become the stage—at times quite literally—for larger geopolitical and historical questions.

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