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NordArt 2018

NordArt 2018: 9. juni – 7. oktober 2018
Offentlig fejring af åbningen: 9. juni kl. 17
09.06: adgang til skulpturparken og catering fra kl. 15, hallerne er åbne fra kl. 18–20
Åbningstider: Tirsdag – søndag kl.11–19
Publikumsinformation
Kunstnerne på NordArt 2018


NordArt fejrer i år et jubilæum: for 20. gang præsenterer udstillingen på Kunstwerk Carslhütte billeder og skulpturer, fotografier og installationer af 200 udvalgte kunstnere fra hele verdenen. NordArt er en af de største årlige udstillinger af samtidskunst i hele Europa. Den er udlagt som helhedskunstværk af chefkurator Wolfgang Gramm på det historiske jernstøberi og i en udstrakt gammel park, som danner en helt unik platform.
Over 3000 kunstnere fra 105 lande har søgt om at deltage i år.

Udstillingen lever af de forskellige perspektiver fra de enkelte kulturer, men det bliver også tydeligt, at der i øst og vest, i nord og syd findes mange fælles håb og drømme. For at gå dybere med disse indblik, dedikerer NordArt hvert år en pavillon til et nyt land og præsenterer en fokus-kunstner. NordArt forstår sig som refugium og kilde til inspiration for kunstnere fra hele verdenen – det gælder både for internationalt renommerede kunstnere som for newcomere.

Landefokus i 2018 er Tjekkiet. Udstillingen titel er „On the Borders of Limitlessness and the Future” og der præsenteres billedhuggere og malere, som arbejder med andre end de klassiske teknikker. Kuratorerne er Lucie Pangrácová og Michal Gabriel fra Prag.
Ambassadøren for det tjekkiske republik Tomáš Jan Podivínský har påtaget sig protektoratet for landpavillonen.

Samtidig står den tjekkisk fødte billedhugger og mangeårig professor i Prag og Kiel, Jan Koblasa (1932-2017) som fokus-kunstner i centret. Dermed gør NordArt ikke alene honnør for en stor kunstnerpersonlighed – udstillingen ønsker også at ære en mand, som især i begyndelsesårene har været en vigtig inspirationskilde for NordArt.

Gennem det mangeårige samarbejde med den kinesiske ambassade i Berlin og kinesiske kulturinstitutioner samt tætte kontakter til den kinesiske kunstscene blev der muliggjort mange opsigtsvækkende optrædener på NordArt. 2018 er der igen stor opmærksomhed på samtidskunst fra Kina.

Der vil også være mange tidligere prisvindere repræsenterede på NordArt: både vinderen af publikumsprisen og modtageren af den af Hans Julius og Johanna Ahlmann stiftede NordArt-præmie på 10.000 Euro vil der være gensyn med.

NordArt 2017

NordArt 2017: 10. juni – 8. oktober 2017
Offentlige åbningsceremoni: 10. juni 2017 kl. 17
10.06: adgang til skulpturparken og catering fra kl. 15, hallerne er åbne fra 18-20
Der er gratis adgang den dag.
Åbningstider indtil 8. Oktober: Tirsdag – søndag, 11 – 19
Publikumsinformation
Kunstnerne på NordArt 2017


Allerede for 19. gang inviterer NordArt dig til at blive inspirerede, imponeret og fanget af malerier, skulpturer, fotografier og installationer af udvalgte kunstnere fra hele verden. NordArt er et af de største årlige udstillinger af nutidskunst i Europa. Igen i 2017 lover chef kurator Wolfgang Gramm mange overraskende øjeblikke i det historiske jernstøberi og den store skulpturpark.

År efter år har udstillingen redefineret sig selv, sat nye prioriterer. I synergi med den store bagtæppe i form af det historiske jernstøberi, udstiller omkring 250 kunstnere fra hele verden deres egen unikke atmosfære som vil tage besøgende med på en uforglemmelig verdensomsejling igennem kunst.
Wolfgang Gramm: „NordArt er levende. Det ser sig selv som et tilflugtssted og en kilde til inspiration for kunstnere fra hele verden – det gælder både internationale, anerkendte kunstnere og for nye kunstnere. NordArt har dedikeret sig selv til at skabe en fortryllende fælles forståelse igennem kunstens sprog. Hvert år forundrer de besøgende sig over fremmede narrative traditioner, men er også overvældet af hvor mange oplevelser folk har til fælles, selvom de bor tusinder af kilometer fra hinanden.“

LAND FOKUS 2017: DANMARK • „Tre Generationer af Historicitet“
I flere år har NordArt haft fokus på et land med sin egen pavillon, samarbejdet med ambassader, kulturinstitutioner og kuratorer fra det land. Efter fokus på Kina, de Baltiske Lande, Rusland, Mongoliet og Israel har dette års fokus vendt sig mod vores tætteste nabo – til Danmark.
Kurator Jette Gejl (Aarhus) har orienteret sig selv i et udvalg af kunstnere fra de danske kunstnersammenslutninger, 21 kunstnere er repræsenteret fra tre forskellige generationer, som alle vier sig til forskellige emner men kommer fra en fælles fascination af temaer og arbejde med materialer. Jette Gejl: „Jeg har ladet mig inspirere af dette historiske slægtskab, hvor kunstnere på tværs af generationer ser ud til at arbejde med beslægtede dagsordner, og ikke bare står på skuldrene af hinanden, men gensidigt inspirere og udfordre hinanden eller uafhængigt af hinanden fanger den samme tone i tidsånden. Kunstnerne i Den Danske Pavilion til NordArt 2017 repræsenterer således en stor bredde i generation, medier, genre og geografisk tilhørsforhold.“
H.E. Friis Arne Petersen, ambassadør for Danmark, har indvilliget i at være protektor for den danske pavillon.

FOKUS KUNSTNER 2017: David Černý
I 2016 modtog David Černý NordArts pris på 10.000 euro, doneret af Hans-Julius og Johanna Ahlmann. Černý, som skabte, blandt andet, den gyldne firbenet Trabi ved den tyske ambassade i Prag, er en af de bedst kendte nulendte tjekkiske kunstnere. Han er en travl verdensborger som kigger meget fokuseret hvor end han er, søger at provokere og skabe produktive debatter med sine værker. Černý var repræsenteret til NordArt for første gang i 2004 med to kæmpe store babyer som kravlede op ad Prags TV tårn.

SPECIELLE PROJEKTER fra KINA
Det lange samarbejde med den kinesiske ambassade i Berlin og kinesiske kulturinstitutioner – inklusiv nogen tætte kontakter med den kinesiske kunst scene – har allerede gjord mange spektakulære oplevelser mulige på NordArt. For at markere 45 års jubilæum for oprettelsen af de diplomatiske relationer mellem Tyskland og Kina er en stor del af udstillingen endnu en gang dedikeret til kunst fra Kina.
Samarbejdspartnere: det kinesiske kulturministerium; den kinesiske ambassade i Tyskland; Volkswagen AG; Xu Bing Studio; Shenzen kultur-, sports-, og turistadministration; Shenzen Shangqui Cultural Diffusion Co., Ltd.

FØNIX af XU Bing
Dette års highlight er den spektakulære installation Fønix af den verdenskendte konceptkunstner XU Bing. Efter at have været i Beijing, Shanghai, New York og den Biennalen i Venedig lommer de to enorme skulptere ti Büdeldorf. Hver er de 30 meter lange, otte tons tunge – og alligevel har de to fønix, som i forskellige traditionelle kulturer står for storhed og skønhed, fløjet let og elegant igennem Carlshüttes søjler.

WORLD BY WORLD
Kina – økonomisk vidunderland: et eksempel fra bye Shenzen: udstillingen ’World by World’ illustrerer hvordan den økonomiske optur har haft indflydelse på livet rytme og kunst. 21 kunstnere fra Shenzen fremviser malerier, skulpturer, installationer og fotografier – udvalgt af kurator Yang Yong og støttet af Shenzen by.

Flere kunstnere fra KINA
I samarbejde med Luxun Kunstakademi (LAFA) er der udstillerne LI Xiangqun, som er billedhugger og formand for LAFA, og WANG Yigang, som er kunstneren og direkt.r for museet LAFA.
Du kan derudover se LIU Ruowang (Audience Award 2016), Liu Yonggang (NordArts pris 2015) og LV Shun (Audience Award 2015) og andre kinesiske kunstnere igen.

SPECIELT PROJEKT fra CHILE
I samarbejde med den chilenske ambassade i Tyskland bliver en gruppe af 12 unge kunstnere repræsenteret.

KUNSTWERK CARLSHÜTTE
Værterne på Kunstwerk Carhshütte er Hans-Julius og Johanna Ahlmann.
Kunstwerk Carhshütte er et non-profit kulturinitiativ af den internationalt aktive gruppe ACO Group og byerne Büdelsdorf og Redensburg.
Nordart er blevet holdt årligt i sommermånederne siden 1999, med omkring 250 udvalgte kunstnere fra hele verden. Det historiske jernstøberis store haller dækker 22.000 kvadratmeter af gulvplads og 80.000 kvadratmeter skulpturpark er et imponerende bagtæppe for udstillingen.

SCHLESWIG HOLSTEINS MUSIK FESTIVAL
Siden 2011 har Kunstwerk Carlshütte også været hjem for det internationale orkester akademi i Schleswig Holsteins Musik Festival. ACO Thormann Hall hallen var specielt konverteret til prøve- og koncertsal af den grund. Der er plads til 1200 lyttere. NordArt og festivalen er ikke kun gode naboer, som begge består af et globalt netværk af kunstnere, de promoverer også en kobling af kunst og musik – dette år er der 17 koncerter i Kunstwerk Carhshütte. Efter den succesfulde SHMF præmiere under NordArt 2015 med perkussionist Martin Grubinger and The Big Seasons, 2016 med Klaus Maria Brandauer, kommer ’The Touring Organ’ Cameron Carpenter til Nordard i 2017.

NordArt SYMPOSIUM
At bringe verden sammen, dele og bytte oplevelser er også et af basisidéerne for det årlige NordArt Symposium. Før NordArt mødes kunstnere fra forskellige dele af verden for at skabe deres skulpturer, installationer og malerier på Kunstwerk Carhshütte for den nuværende udstilling.
Dr. Jo Kley, skulptør og supervisor for NordArt Symposium: „Vi kunstnere ønsker intet mere end at være i stand til at arbejde et inspirerende sted. NordArt Symposium møder dette behov og giver fantastiske muligheder for at få plads til inspirerede fantasier. Intet virker umuligt med den gode support fra hele NordArt holdet og den varme gæstfrihed fra Ahlmann familien.“

NordArt 2016

Presseinformation

Schleswig Holstein becoming Hotspot for International Art again

The Kunstwerk Carlshütte is looking forward to the already 18th edition of the NordArt, one of the largest exhibitions of contemporary art in europe that has shown works by 250 selected artists from around the world each summer since 1999. The art show performs on the vast aisles of the historic iron foundry Carlshütte with 22,000 square metres (236,000 ft² ) floor space and a 80,000 square metres (860,000 ft² ) sculpture park. For 2016, about 4500 artists from 109 countries have submitted their applications – thus setting a new record.


For several years, the NordArt has put the fine arts of one specific country in the focus with its own dedicated pavilion. After having focused on China, Russia, the Baltic States and Mongolia, the NordArt will take an in-depth look on Israel this summer. Entitled „Circle of Life“, the Israeli pavilion shows contemporary art from a country that has, like no other, integrated influences from dozens of nations into its culture. Curator is Carmit Blumensohn.

One of the artists in the focus of the NordArt 2016 is the Chinese artist Liu Ruowang. With his large-scale sculpture groups „Wolves Coming“ and „Original Sin“ that seem to leave a comment on the current world situation, he proves a downright visionary power. Also, there will be a reunion with NordArt Prize awardee Liu Yonggang (China) and the Public Choice awardees Jang Yongsun (South Korea), Lv Shun (China) and Ochirbold Ayurzana (Mongolia).

The NordArt is designed by chief curator Wolfgang Gramm as a complete artwork, in which the displayed works of art not only speak for themselves alone, but develop a distinct atmosphere interacting with the impressive scenery of the industrial architecture, taking the visitors on an unrivalled world trip through art. As an internationally established forum for cultural education and exchange, the NordArt has dedicated itself to the task of enhancing mutual understanding through the language of art.

Bringing the world together and sharing and exchanging experiences is also the basic idea of the annual NordArt Symposium. Prior to the NordArt, up to 20 artists from different parts of the world create their sculptures, installations and images in the Carlshütte for the current exhibition.

The Kunstwerk Carlshütte is a non-profit cultural initiative of the internationally active ACO Group and the towns of Büdelsdorf and Rendsburg. It is a special place for exhibitions, concerts, readings, theatre performances and film screenings. Since 2011, also the Orchestral Academy of the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival (SHMF) is at home at the Kunstwerk Carlshütte – in the specially converted rehearsal and concert hall “ACO Thormannhalle” that accommodates audiences up to 1,200 people. After the highly successful SHMF premiere with Percussionist Martin Grubinger, also in 2016 there will be festival concerts amid the NordArt.

Hosts of the Kunstwerk Carlshütte is entrepreneurial couple Hans-Julius and Johanna Ahlmann.

NordArt 2016: 4 June to 9 October 2016
Public Opening on 4 June, 5pm
Opening Times: Tue-Sun 11am – 7pm
Vorwerksallee, 24782 Büdelsdorf
Tel. +49 (0)4331 354 695 • info@kunstwerk-carlshuette.de
www.kunstwerk-carlshuette.de (Events at Kunstwerk Carlshütte)


NordArt 2015

Press release

Even if the region between Baltic and North Sea is usually associated with a rural idyll, one of the largest contemporary art exhibitions in europe takes place right there. From 6 June to 4 October 2015, the now 17th edition of the spectacular show is hosted at Kunstwerk Carlshütte in Büdelsdorf in Schleswig-Holstein. The NordArt 2015 presents works by 250 selected artists from 55 countries. This year‘s country focus is on Mongolia with its own pavilion.

Formerly Northern Germany‘s largest ironworks, the aisles of the decommissioned Carlshütte with 22,000 square metres form an equally huge and fascinating backdrop for 1,000 works of art. In the associated 80,000-square-metres sculpture park, about 100 objects are on display. The steady increase of candidates - about 3,000 artists from 99 countries have submitted their work this year - is an impressive indication of the unusual exhibition’s reputation.

Chaired by chief curator Wolfgang Gramm, the jury selects works in the fields of painting, installation, sculpture, photography and multimedia. The initiators’ idea is a total work of art, which is located between the poles of the works of established artists and newcomers. Despite their differences, they develop a common language standing in dialogue with the rugged charm of the industrial architecture.

For several years, the NordArt has been putting a country in focus with its own pavilion. After China, the Baltic States and Russia, this year it’s Mongolia. A decision characterized by relevance, since in 2015 modern art from Mongolia presents itself in europe. The debut is at the Biennale in Venice beginning of May, and from 6 June, in cooperation with the Mongolian Embassy, the works of 34 artists of the country can be seen in Büdelsdorf. GANTUMUR Luvsannyam, Minister of Education, Culture and Science of Mongolia, has taken on patronage. OYUNTUYA Oyunjargal and BODIBAATAR Jigjidsuren are curators of the Mongolian pavilion.

Since 2000, the international NordArt Symposium is held prior to the NordArt. For about four weeks in May, up to 20 artists from different generations and countries are going to live and work on the site to create art across borders together. This results in large-scale works exclusive to the NordArt (sculptures, installations, paintings).

After in 2014 the special project „China Garden - Confronting Anitya“ received the first NordArt Audience Award, in 2015 a new selection of Chinese objects will be seen. Liang Kegang is the curator of „China Garden 2015“.

In addition to the Audience Award, each year an artist is awarded the NordArt Prize. 2014 prize winner, the group AES+F from Russia, is again represented by a video work at the NordArt 2015. The 10,000-euro NordArt Prize has been sponsored since 2010 by Hans-Julius and Johanna Ahlmann (ACO Group). The entrepreneur couple organizes and finances the exhibition in the form of a public-private partnership together with the towns of Büdelsdorf and Rendsburg. The organizers take the ever-increasing number of visitors – in 2014 70,000 guests were counted – as a good sign and incentive to establish Büdelsdorf in Schleswig-Holstein as a hotspot of contemporary art.

NordArt 2015 Country Focus dedicated to Mongoliai
The Heirs of Chinggis Khaan – Contemporary Mongolian Art

With Mongolia, the NordArt sets its fourth country focus after China, the Baltic States and Russia. Mongolia also makes its debut at this year‘s Venice Biennale. In Büdelsdorf (Schleswig-Holstein), however, a far greater number of artists - both newcomers and internationally renowned - show their impressive work. The Mongolian Pavilion is curated by Oyuntuya Oyunjargal and Bodibaatar Jigjidsuren, in cooperation with the chief curator of the NordArt Wolfgang Gramm. Gantumur Luvsannyam, Minister of Education, Culture and Science of Mongolia, has taken on patronage. Cooperation partner is the Embassy of Mongolia in Berlin.

Reflected in the artists’ works is the chequered history, the cultural tradition of closeness to nature and the preserved nomadic culture of the Mongols, who were united by the great Chinggis Khaan in the 13th century and have their religious roots both in shamanism and Buddhism. But also the problems of the social upheaval of the young Mongolian democracy are a reference point for refocusing, critique on civilization and search for one’s own position and identity in the global discourse. Thereby, Western and Eastern traditions unite into surprisingly modern stories that can be described with good reason as “world art”.

So Gankhuyag Lkhamsuren (born in 1961) stands for formal and surreal sculptures in which humans and animals coexist harmoniously side by side. Otgonbayar Ershuu called Otgo (born 1981) shows in Büdelsdorf a six meter long and more than two meters high, colourful and filigree painting of humans and animals. Lkhagvadorj Enkhbat (born 1987) devotes himself in his work to the forgotten, lost, lined people in today‘s Mongolian society. Dorjderem Davaa, sculptor and installation artist (born in 1981) says about art: „The artist shows the special moments in life when man asks for the deeper meaning of freedom.“

The NordArt 2015 opens on Saturday, 6 June at 17h, with an address by Mongolian Ambassador His Excellency BOLOR Tsolmon. A German-English-language catalogue will accompany the NordArt with an extra section on the Mongolian Pavilion.

NordArt 2014

Press release

Daring ideas sometimes are the best ideas. In art, as in life itself. They put something into motion. They call on us to think the unthinkable. And once in a while, they make the impossible possible.

NordArt once also has been started as an idea. As a vision that reaches for the stars: to transform the vast halls of the former iron foundry Carlshütte along with its park-like grounds into one single work of art.

To create an exhibition, some of whose exhibits are formed only on site. A playground for the visual arts that simultaneously stages music and literature. A place beyond the hustle and bustle of the art world, where you can get into conversation with artists or just ponder your dreams.

The idea from back then has ignited. For the past 16 years, NordArt has been making its way, undeterred. Nearly 3,000 artists from more than 100 countries competed this year to take part – happy 250 are chosen to show their work here.

NordArt is neither afraid of criticism nor uncomfortable topics. Its focus countries such as China and currently Russia are not easy-care. But would a show of contemporary art really want to be like that? NordArt rather invites us to direct our attention to the unifying element beyond politics, the arts, and to gain our own impression.

As a public-private partnership, NordArt and its venue, the Kunstwerk Carlshütte, always look to cooperation. Whether with the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, the folkBALTICA or the Danish Culture Centre in Augustiana/Sønderborg: With strong partners, they have networked the Nordic culture scene across national borders.

„Dreams or visions grow with the possibilities,“ exhibition organizer Wolfgang Gramm once said. The project NordArt is made possible by the right people, who have found each other at the right time and place.

Entrepreneurial couple Hans-Julius and Johanna Ahlmann provides the localities and finances most of the exhibition; painter and sculptor Wolfgang Gramm composes as chief curator each year a new total work of art. As different as the characters seem to be - they have in common a burning for the arts and the bravery to enter uncharted territory.

We, the visitors, are also fundamentally different. Each with his everyday life, his hopes, his dreams. Also in us there is a pioneering spirit, when we enter the Carlshütte this year: What can we expect? Which work of art will touch us in a special way? And where will the spark skip that ignites our own idea? Let‘s find out. The door is wide open.

Madeleine Lobach
Freelance journalist

NordArt 2013

There are art exhibitions and art exhibitions. There are the prestigious shows of contemporary art, where big names are courted and promising newcomers are hyped. There are the crowded fairs, which often only seem to be about galleries grabbing the best places, aiming at the pole position to score points with the passing well-funded customers.

But there are also the non-profit cooperatives. Places where art is not only displayed, but emerges in the dialogue among the artists and in close contact with the audience. Places where you - whether artist or visitor - feel at home instantly. Places where you can be as you are. These places are few and far between, rare pearls in a sea of commercial uniformity.

The Kunstwerk Carlshütte in the Schleswig-Holstein countryside is such a pearl. Ironically, here at the Kiel Canal between two seas, where you suspect wind turbines and brindled cows, north German clichés, but no international art, this is exactly what you find in abundancy: The Kunstwerk Carlshütte with its flagship, the NordArt, is anything but fixed.

It’s still allowed to experiment here: contemporary visual art meets classical music, poetry slams meet ballet performances, jazz musicians meet sculptors. It is a living organism, a gesamtkunstwerk that shows itself in ever-changing facets. Unpretentious, yet exceptional. Unconventional, yet down to earth.

The NordArt has long ceased to be a small player, not only the numbers proving so. After modest beginnings, it has developed over the last 15 years into the largest annual exhibition of contemporary art in europe. Not least thanks to the close cooperation with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, with whom the NordArt shares the country focus since last year, the Kunstwerk Carlshütte is firmly anchored in the northern european cultural scene. Nevertheless, it has succeeded to preserve the charm and spontaneity of a studio visit or a jam session.

Once you get to know the two founders, you understand the reason for this: Wolfgang Gramm, painter, sculptor, curator, and Hans-Julius Ahlmann, entrepreneur, friend of art, music lover. Both open-hearted, bustling, of boyish charm. Both grown men who know the booms and low blows of life well enough to meet them with serenity. Both pioneers, enthusiasts, visionaries.

The mutual appreciation is high. “Without Wolfgang Gramm, the vision of the NordArt would have never existed”, says Hans-Julius Ahlmann. Wolfgang Gramm adds: “From the symbiosis between entrepreneur and artist, the NordArt emerged”, and affirms that without the friendship with the Ahlmann family, without the sponsoring of the ACO Group, a project of this magnitude would be unthinkable.

And without the commitment and dedication of the many participating artists, especially Estonian artist Inga Aru, who, as a driving force and co-curator, contributed to getting the Baltic Pavilion of this year’s country focus off the ground, the Kunstwerk Carlshütte would not be what it is: a very special place that welcomes, warms the heart and inspires the mind.

Much has already been done. What remains to be done now: put your shoes and hat on, get out the door. Discover the undiscovered, think the unthinkable – in another unforgettable summer of international art in Schleswig-Holstein.

Madeleine Lobach
Freelance journalist

NordArt 2012

Surrounded by nothing but vastness. Driving from Hamburg up North, with every kilometre the landscape is getting emptier, the sky higher. Wind turbines, cows, sheep are recurring motifs. Almost surreal, how the colourful freighters on the Kiel Canal glide across the country, from sea to sea. On the horizon the steel loop of Rendsburg High Bridge, delicate as a brush stroke. Exit Büdelsdorf. A roundabout with the sculpture of a megalithic tomb in its centre. Megalithic tombs are common in this area. Artworks are rare.

Suddenly, the huge factory halls of Carlshütte rise amidst the rural serenity, witnesses of the heavy industry that was once located here. Destination reached, the navigation system announces. Once you enter the grounds of main sponsor ACO, where NordArt emerges year after year, you immerse yourself in a ubiquitous presence of world-class art. It’s hard to decide where to turn your eyes or lead your steps to first, whether wandering through the exhibition in the old factory halls, or on a safari through the sculpture park. A different kind of vastness surrounds you here: With Kunstwerk Carlshütte and NordArt, a Gesamtkunstwerk unfolds, whose dimensions are elusive.

Art and countryside – a concept that works. Kassel, Marfa, Büdelsdorf: Behind each town’s name stands the vision of an artist to create a platform for contemporary art, sophisticated, non-conformist, groundbreaking. And what would be a more ideal location for such an audacious art project than the ‘cultural wasteland’ that is the countryside? documenta, Chinati Foundation and NordArt prove each in its own way, that art does not have to be located in a metropolis to show international format.

Arnold Bode, Donald Judd and Wolfgang Gramm each found his own way to realise their vision. Wolfgang Gramm’s way to implement the NordArt project leads along the public-private partnership with the ACO group and its managing director Hans-Julius Ahlmann, plus the cities of Rendsburg and Büdelsdorf.

NordArt is young. Grown out of infancy, hitting adolescence. Its development is rapid: In the beginning 1999, 50 artists from 6 countries were featured. 2012, at the 14th edition of NordArt, it showcases the works of 245 artists from 50 countries, including Georgia, Syria, China, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa. The audience keeps pace, with a record attendance of 45'000 in 2011.

NordArt is vibrant. It sees itself not as a museum, but as a refuge for artists from all over the world, who enter into dialogue with each other and the audience in the „global village“ of Büdelsdorf. Year after year, the exhibition redefines itself, setting different priorities. As in 2000, when the first sculpture symposium preceded NordArt, supplemented 2008 by a painters’ symposium. 2011, concerts and open rehearsals joined in, as part of the concurrent Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

2012, the centrepiece of NordArt is the China Pavilion. For this contribution to the Chinese Culture Year in Germany, NordArt has won the award „365 Places in the Land of Ideas“, already for the second time. However, the view on China is nothing new to NordArt. In keeping with tradition, artists of all kinds from the Middle Kingdom are very welcome there and always numerously represented.

„Art is ungovernable, art is free“, says curator Wolfgang Gramm. Free of political or content-related attitude, NordArt wants to „bring the world together in dialogue“. It has already succeeded. In the future, NordArt will become a talking point even more so. To witness it as long as it is still something of a secret: Go there. And join the conversation.

Madeleine Lobach
Freelance journalist