Palais Bellevue. Photo: Andreas Berthel.

Kassel Plans to Turn Former Documenta Venue into a Museum

The city of Kassel announced a $1.5 million project to transform and expand the Palais Bellevue, which housed the Brothers Grimm Museum until 2014, into an exhibition space dedicated to literature and music, Monopol reports.

The Spohr Museum, an institution dedicated to composer and conductor Louis Spohr, which is currently part of the Kulturbahnhof—Kassel’s cultural train station—will eventually move into the Baroque building. In addition, a second structure will be renovated as a space for concerts, readings, and exhibitions.

“It is our intention to transform the Bellevue into a high-profile, tourist-oriented public space for Kassel, to host the history of music and literature,” said a city spokeswoman on Monday.

The Palais Bellevue most recently served as an exhibition site for Documenta. Previously, it housed the Brothers Grimm Museum from 1972 to 2014. Of the estimated total costs for the expansion, Kassel will contribute around $800,000. The rest of the funding will come from the central German state of Hesse. According to the daily newspaper Hessische / Niedersächsische Allgemeine, the construction’s start date is still being determined.

Built as an observatory for Landgrave Karl von Hesse-Kassel in 1714, the Palais Bellevue has been owned by the city of Kassel since 1956. It is one of the only buildings in Kassel to have survived World War II relatively unscathed. When the neighboring Neue Galerie was destroyed, the municipal art collection was housed in the palace.