Hope is written in large, heavy letters in the middle of the skylight hall of the Kurhaus Museum. Hope for improvement, for times that are no longer as shaken by crises as 2022. When Robert Indiana created his work of art “Hope”, this hope was called Barack Obama. Indiana built Hope in four letters using the same typeface as its world-famous “Love”—both squared with a slanted O in the upper-right corner. In doing so, he supported Obama and created another pop icon alongside Love: Hope is available as a sculpture, as a print, as a painting in the colors of the US flag and in brushed stainless steel. Such a stainless steel sculpture from the Viehof Collection is part of the large anniversary exhibition “Treasure House and Laboratory” and is its figurehead on all the large posters in the city, alongside a skull and crossbones by the artist Katharina Fritsch. The exhibition has now been extended and can be seen until January 29th.