Last weekend, there was not just a hint of a vast and expansive world of art through the three levels of Ludwigshafen Customs. No, this event can be described as a storm in the best sense of the word. The Art Zollhaus art fair has once again succeeded in capturing the hearts of its visitors. It was held for the 15th time this year and attracted over 200 visitors to customs on the first night alone.
Wolfgang Braungardt, president of the International Bodensee Club (IBC), praised the customs house, which was renovated and redesigned in the 1990s, as a good example of Lake Constance’s playful and cheerful architecture.
The nickname “Stäkelesarchitektur” also shows that the region cultivates a certain “international regionality” and is just as individual as it is cosmopolitan. So basically exactly what the type of customs office represents.
Anyone who thinks an art fair is for people with a well-developed understanding of art is seriously mistaken. Painter Lisa Kölbl-Thiele said it was a shame that art often turns out to be something elitist. According to the artist, art should be understandable.
Works by a total of 26 artists from the fields of graphics, painting, sculpture and installation were represented at Art Zollhaus. Abstract and highly representative works were on display, all of which could also be purchased. All the artists were also present and were available for questions, discussions or explanations.
The typical question “What does the artist want to tell us with this?” can always be answered quickly – or not: because many artists, like Paul Wassiliadis from Meßstetten, like to give viewers of his works the freedom of their own interpretation.
Johanna Schuster, an artist from Überlingen, put it this way: “It’s just about getting involved in what you see and what you feel as a result.” Lay people in particular often have good instincts. Knowing the history and styles of art is not a prerequisite for understanding art. And too much knowledge can also block the view of the immediate, says Schuster.
The fact that the Art Zollhaus could take place again after a two-year Corona hiatus is due to a number of circumstances, sponsors, organizers and helpers, pointed out Wolfgang Braungardt. He particularly thanked the community of Bodman-Ludwigshafen for their hospitality, the Customs team, a number of IBC members who were involved in the organization and who helped with the set-up and tear-down, and the pianist Josef Weimert, who accompanied the opening night with music.