The exhibitions can be experienced virtually from the comfort of your own home, using a PC, tablet or smartphone. It is possible to navigate freely through all areas, look around in detail and also read the exhibition texts. Not only in the emergency times of a pandemic, exhibitions can also be visited by those who do not have the opportunity to travel to Kassel.
Here you can find the first digital exhibitions! May they increase in number.
Suicide and suicidality are common, but kept silent and stigmatized topics in society. The exhibition presents information, suggestions, challenges and opportunities that reflect a social and personal approach to suicide. With a view to the history of art and culture, humanities and social sciences, and medicine, but above all to the here and now, our goal is to promote public communication on suicide.
In the work of the internationally renowned artist herman de vries (born 1931 in Alkmaar/NL), chance, change and the permanent transformation of all being are central. Since the 1950s he has experimented with drawings, painting, installations, publications and increasingly with natural materials, whose transience he exhibits. "chance and change" herman de vries sees as the framework of his life, from which he can never step out.
Nobody knows how many people die in the dangerous flight to Europe. The Mediterranean Sea in particular has become a grave for thousands upon thousands of victims, which often remain nameless. Accompanied by narratives of refugees, Daniel Tchetchik's photo series Dark Waters tells a story that exceeds the documentation of the refugee crisis. In metaphorical images, he directs his attention to the ominous testimony of the Mediterranean Sea.
Who experiences current history intensively in an unbiased way? Who tells the story honestly and is authentic in his or her description? How can we describe what is happening in the world more vividly than through children? More than 100 children from Berlin refugee homes were portrayed for the photo project NEUE WELT.
With its current exhibition MEMENTO – In The Force Field Of Memories the Museum for Sepulchral Culture is taking new ways in times of a global pandemic. The exhibition was digitized with photographic 360° shots and an inclusive 3D scan and prepared for a virtual tour – barrier-free and accessible online by everyone.
In everything our world is networked. We live on one planet and experience how fruitful and at the same time unpredictable global exchange is. Flora and fauna, water, air, oceans, climate and of course people and their goods circulate; and this – as has been the case for centuries - is also accompanied by pathogens. The exhibition of the "Corona Summer", "Zernetzung" can now be experienced virtually!
Our permanent exhibition is now online! It contains a lot of additional information, such as short videos on individual thematic areas or the favorite objects of our team. Just use the stairs to enter the basement or 2nd floor. The ground floor and 1st floor contain the special exhibition "MEMENTO".
To give you the opportunity to get to know the permanent presentation and special exhibitions better even during the time when the Museum of Sepulchral Culture has to remain closed, we offer online guided tours. You book an appointment on which the virtual museum tour will be transmitted via Cisco Webex Meetings. We will send you a corresponding link in advance. You log in and can participate in the tour from home or from the classroom via your internet browser. The staff will stream the digital content during the tour and guide you through the exhibition areas.
We look forward to meeting you!
The duration of the digital tours is 60 minutes.
A quick guide on how to sign up for a meeting on WebEx can be found at
>> here (PDF) German.
Weekend and Holidays
We film, post and create 3D tours to the max. With the Kunsthochschule Kassel we even develop our own game! In short, we are digitizing to make the museum a place that can be reached anytime and anywhere and that allows as many people as possible to participate in our collection, exhibitions and research. Even if nothing can ever replace the physical experience in the museum and face to face with the objects.
Here you will find a quick overview of projects and contents that are digitally accessible or that extend the digitalization in our museum.
In 2021, everything is different: Due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, the Día de los Muertos cannot take place at the museum as usual with dance and music and numerous guests and artists. Instead, this year there will be a comprehensive digital program with workshops, video tutorials and events. There will also be an art competition and the usual art exhibition will take place digitally. This year, the theme of "Suicide" is the focus of the Totenfest, because currently the museum is hosting the special exhibition "Suizid – Let's talk about it!".
Allway having in mind, that the museum will face a redesign, we would like to invite everyone to participate in the new permanent exhibition and create a place that is relevant to as many people as possible. To this end, we are now developing a digital-analogue platform and a game with which the house can be explored and shaped also without a visit here.
museum-digital is a platform on which museums throughout Germany and internationally can digitize their collections.
Objects of various kinds are linked with each other through multiple references and made easily accessible to the public and research in order to illustrate connections and make them easier to find.
We travel all over the world and report on the funeral and cemetery culture of countries, religions and cultures. The photo journeys are selected for their special topicality or special features. The collections shown here are intended to document transformative processes and continued traditions. The photographs and travelogues thus provide an insight into the diversity of the sepulchral culture.
Objects are the heart of the museum and this also applies to our collection. Treasures from the magazine, new additions or curiosities now have the opportunity here to present themselves digitally and reveal something of their history. At the same time, visitors can also participate in the research with and around our collection from home.
This year, 2020, we all had to get to know a new type of event – online! Meetings, exhibitions, concerts take place on the Internet, without physical presence; but (mostly) live and in color.
We too have moved some of our events to the virtual world. Here you can keep up to date on dates or permanently available streams.
November 26, 2021 | 7 p.m. live online
For the second time, the FUNUS Foundation invites you to the Talkshow of Death. Markus Kavka talks with his guests about life, dying and death, about depression, anxiety, panic attacks and suicide. As part of the exhibition Suizid – Let's talk about it!, which is on display at the Museum for Sepulchral Culture since September 10, 2021, singer and writer Nicholas Müller, graphic artist, filmmaker and comic artist Schwarwel and Diana Doko from the association Freunde für's Leben will talk about their experiences with depression and suicidal thoughts and experiences.
>> here's the stream (online only on the day of the event!)
Off-site or at the Museum of Sepulchral Culture: lectures or corona bridging measures in video format are currently popular. More videos, for example of exhibition openings, can also be found in the exhibition and event archive.
Here you will find videos across the subject area of the house.
October 01, 2021 | 7 p.m. live online
The DeathSlam is a performance competition in which self-written texts dealing with death are recited to an audience within a certain time. The audience chooses the winner of the competition through lively applause. On October 01, 2021, starting at 7 p.m., you can watch and listen to eight young slammers live online.
September 22, 2021 | 3 p.m. live online
The Academy for Palliative Medicine, Palliative Care and Hospice Work North Hesse (APPH e.V.) is an association of like-minded people who care about spreading the idea of hospice and improving palliative care. In addition to regular education, training and continuing education courses, the Autumn Forum takes place once a year with changing focus topics.
Until May, 24th 2021 the Lehmbruckmuseum in Duisburg shows an exhibition of the German sculptor Stephan Balkenhol, who also had a solo exhibition with us in 2019.
Under the title "DEADLINE – Artistic Creation in the Face of Finiteness" our director Dr. Dirk Pörschmann therefore spoke at the Lehmbruckmuseum in April 2021.
17. November 2020
How the Covid-19 pandemic is changing our lives, our way of dealing with finiteness and, above all, our dying and mourning must be discussed. This was done on November 17, 2020, by the Muslim theologian and Jun-prof. Dr. Muna Tartari, the General Secretary of the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V., Daniela Schily, the social ethicist and Catholic theologian Prof. Dr. Andreas Lob-Hüdepohl and the gerontologist Prof. Dr. Andreas Kruse. Dr. Dirk Pörschmann from the Central Institute and Museum for Sepulchral Culture hosted the discussion.
The event was broadcasted live and viewers accompanied them with numerous questions, comments and personal experiences.
Interviews, podcasts, self-produced or interesting contributions from others, which deal with the topic of our finiteness – here we collect material around the sepulchral culture and the only museum for that issue in the world!
Here you will find recordings across the thematic field of the museum.
The Omnipresence of Death Awakens the Spirit of Life
Art historian Dirk Pörschmann heads the Museum für Sepulkralkultur in Kassel. Exhibitions all about death can be seen there. But dance parties and children's birthdays are also celebrated. Now there is a special exhibition on the subject of suicide.
28. October 2021
How to exhibit suicide?
On September 10th the Museum for Sepulchral Culture opens its special exhibition "Suizid – Let's talk about it!". The aim is to de-taboo the topic and thus also facilitate prevention. A scientist from the University of Kassel and his students are and were involved.
27. August 2021
Politics and Ethics – The Debate on Self-Determined Dying.
In 2020, the Federal Constitutional Court overturned the controversial Paragraph 217 banning assisted suicide, which has been in the Criminal Code since 2015.We have been preparing an exhibition on the topic of Suicide since 2018, which will also focus on these developments, among other things.
03. February 2021
Einfach unverwundbar? Über den Umgang mit Tod und Sterben
among others with museum director Dr. Dirk Pörschmann on the museum's topics and cooperation partner Dr. Reinhard Lindner on the special exhibition on Suicide 2021.
18. October 2020
Memento – Remembrance and Commemoration in the Museum for Sepulchral Culture (German)
On the special exhibition "Memento – In The Force Field Of Memories" at the Museum for Sepulchral Culture with Dr. Dirk Pörschmann
16. October 2020
Sepulchral Culture. A contribution from Angelika Thomé (German)
The series adresses death, dying, mourning and remembrance from a medical, psychological, cultural and art historical perspective, among others. Today with Dr. Dirk Pörschmann at the Museum for Sepulchral Culture.
19. September 202
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