Kassel is an important part of the international art map thanks to Documenta, one of the biggest and most important exhibitions of contemporary art. Yet this art festival only happens every five years, putting Kassel back to its mid-Germany provinciality as soon as the exhibition ends. But not anymore: Thanks to the appointment of Susanne Pfeffer as the director of the main art museum Fridericianum, a new era has begun. Before moving to Kassel, she was the director of Berlin’s contemporary-art institution Kunst-Werke, which was founded by notorious art personality Klaus Biesenbach, who is the current director of MoMA P.S.1 in New York.

Last weekend saw the opening of her first exhibition in Kassel, called Speculations on Anonymous Materials, showing many works made especially for this show. Pfeffer invited twenty-three young artists from mostly New York and Berlin who are in their late twenties and early thirties, and thus created a show so contemporary and urban, one wonders how the Kassel audience will react to it. The exhibit is dealing with the question of how perception changes are influenced by the rapid technological transformations we’re experiencing.

With its many new works, restive aesthetics, and bold approaches, Pfeffer’s first exhibition is definitely setting a new mark for the program of Fridericianum, putting Kassel back on the international art map in between Documenta years.

Speculations on Anonymous Materials runs from September 29, 2013 to January 26, 2014.

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Fridericianum. Friedrichsplatz 18, 34117 Kassel, Germany. +49 561 707 27 20



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Mary Scherpe

Mary Scherpe is a writer and the founder of the blog Stil in Berlin. At its inception, Stil in Berlin was a fashion-focused photo diary with an eye on Berlin ...