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HHole for Mannheim (2006-∞) is a permanent multimedia installation in the "Athene-Trakt" of the Kunsthalle Mannheim[1] created by NatHalie Braun Barends.

The Kunsthalle is As of 2015 under reconstruction. Following a court decision of the Landgericht Mannheim, the installation will likely not be rebuilt afterwards.[2]

The Landgericht Mannheim decided that the right of the owner of the building (even if against the signed loan contracts) overrides the copyright and the property of the artist, to allow the city to build the new €70 millions museum. It is to appreciate that the artist, in order to protect the fundamental right of artistic freedom, property right and copyright will go on to the next instance.[3]


HHole for Mannheim (2006-∞) has been conceived as a permanent, conceptual, site specific, developing artwork in progress.[4] It consists of seven holes which pass through the Athene Trakt that unites the old (Billing-Bau) and the new building (Mitzlaff-Bau) of the Mannheim Kunsthalle.

The natural light flows from the topmost hole above the museum rooftop, through the holes in the floors below, meeting the light projected upwards from a Gobo projector located at the lowest floor. At the rooftop, a custom designed laser light (also used by astronomers to point at stars), projects into the universe the artist's symbol of the HMap. The natural and the artificial lights meet again symbolically at the antipodes of the museum, close to New Zealand at 49° 28′ 56.68″ S, 171° 31′ 29.63″ E.

Seven rooms contain the seven holes, starting from above: Infinite Room,[5] Phoenix Room,[6] Reflection Room,[7] Silence Room,[8] Treasure Room,[9] Ground Room,[10] and Earth Room.[11]

Each room hosts different installations, with videos, HHole specially designed acrylic furniture, waterfall, living tree, pool, and telephone to connect each level.


  1. ^ 100 Yahre Kunsthalle Mannheim 1907-2007. Kunsthalle Mannheim. 2007. ISBN 978-3-89165-210-7.
  2. ^ "Landgericht weist Klage ab: Kunsthalle muss „Mannheimer Loch" nicht wieder installieren". 24 April 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2017 – via FAZ.NET.
  3. ^ "Mannheimer Loch: Ist es nichts? Oder ist es Kunst? - WELT". Welt.de. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ NatHalie Braun Barends - Light Art Life. Berlin/New York/Santiago: Art Space. 2007. ISBN 978-3-941494-00-8.
  5. ^ "Infinite Room". hn2b.net. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Phoenix Room". hn2b.net. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Reflection Room". hn2b.net. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Silence Room". hn2b.net. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Treasure Room". hn2b.net. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Ground Room". hn2b.net. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Earth Room". hn2b.net. Retrieved 26 January 2017.

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