Waldshut-Tiengen: The Artothek is open: art is now available in citizens’ lounges for little money

Waldshut-Tiengen: The Artothek is open: art is now available in citizens’ lounges for little money

Art can be done differently – this is proven by the new art spaces that have been opened by the city of Waldshut-Tiengen. The aim of the new and first Artothek in Waldshut is to lend works of art from the city’s collection to citizens’ homes at low prices.

On Saturday evening, the Artothek was officially inaugurated with the exhibition “Dans la Ruée des Couleurs”. About forty works of art from the municipal art collection, most of them very colorful, are currently on display in the four rooms and in the corridor of the new Artothek.

Waldshut-Tiengen: The Artothek is open: art is now available in citizens’ lounges for little money

Introductory words: Mayor Philipp Frank and head of the cultural department Kerstin Simon at the opening of the Artothek with the opening “In the Rush of Colours”. | Image: Ursula Freudig

These include works by Peter Schütz, the Anra brothers, Josef Briechle, Inge Regnat-Ulner, Bernd Salfner, Franz Rothmund and Mechthild Ehmann. For the sixty visitors, it was an unconventional opening with lots of laughs.

Interesting facts about the Artothek

The caretaker’s apartment becomes an art library

Mayor Philipp Frank paved the way from the Roth couple’s former caretaker’s apartment to the city council’s decision to use the vacated rooms for an art library and to prepare it accordingly. Original works of art from the region should be made available to the public as a municipal loan.

The head of the Cultural Office, Kerstin Simon, expressed her belief that the art, which you have as a “roommate” in your four walls, enriches and opens up new approaches to art: “Works of art speak to you differently every day art alone lives in the dialogue between the artists and the viewer,” she said.

Interesting lecture: Art historian Vanessa Charlotte Heitland (right) explains in her lecture under the motto

Interesting lecture: The art historian Vanessa Charlotte Heitland (right) explains in her lecture under the slogan “What does it mean to me” how the access not only to figurative painting, but also to modern abstract painting can be successful. | Image: Ursula Freudig

Art historian Vanessa Charlotte Heitland gave a very interesting lecture as a guest speaker. She made it clear that access to modern art can also be successful if we deal with the common question “what is this trying to tell me” in a much more relaxed way. She asked people to take their time, relax, engage in artwork without prejudice or fear, and trust their own vision and feeling.

The man in red intervenes

Still, the evening was nowhere near as orderly, earnest, and earnest as those lines so far have implied. For the cabaret artist Georg Schweitzer alias Schorsch from Karlsruhe, laughter played a major role.

Art explained in a fun way: how art deals with so-called reality is demonstrated by art cabaret artist Georg...

Art explained in a fun way: Cabaret artist Georg Schweitzer (in red suit) shows how art deals with so-called reality with watering cans and is not afraid of unusual physical contact. | Image: Ursula Freudig

Dressed in a bright red suit, he always stepped in, reacting with wit, cheekiness and spontaneity to the respective situations and visitors. Schorsch also broke a spear for art in a small exhibit.

With great entertainment value: at the opening of the Artothek and the exhibition “In the Rush of Colors” do they...

With great entertainment value: At the opening of the Artothek and the exhibition “In the Rush of Colours”, visitors have a lot to laugh about, because the man in red, the cabaret artist of art Georg Schweitzer, is heavily involved, here he introduces Lord Mayor Philipp Frank, before he delivers introductory words. | Image: Ursula Freudig

With green watering cans he showed in the most original way what art means, what it means to make art and to get involved in art.

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