Summer Studio by the Sea. The Artist's Place Ahrenshoop

Time and time again, during the summer months, artists were drawn to Ahrenshoop, the former fishing village and today's Baltic resort. Here on the Darß they found what gave them creative inspiration: atmospheric themes in pristine nature, the clear northern light, silence, seclusion and freedom.
 
We invite you and your friends to the opening of our exhibition "Summer Studio by the Sea. The artists' village Ahrenshoop " on Thursday, 5 July 2018, at 6pm. The art historian, Dr. Ruth Negendanck, who has dedicated several publications to Ahrenshoop, will give the opening address.

Edmund Kesting | Seemann | 1932 | Tusche | signiert, datiert u. betitelt | 50 x 69 cm
Edmund Kesting | Seemann | 1932 | Tusche | signiert, datiert u. betitelt | 50 x 69 cm

Summer Studio by the Sea. The Artist's Village Ahrenshoop
 
Already at the end of the 19th century, the small and remote Ahrenshoop had been discovered by painters and sculptors. After their arrival, the newcomers had formed one of the most famous artists' colonies in Germany. Although the colony began to break up at the beginning of the First World War, the Darß remained attractive for artists. In the 1920s, they once again chose the place either as their summer residence or as their permanent home. Ahrenshoop and its surroundings also proved to be a safe haven in politically difficult times.
 
Among the founders of the artists' colony in 1892 was the painter Anna Gerresheim. For her, Ahrenshoop was "just the right place to reflect on oneself and to do serious work". Her paintings as well as the work of Hans Brass, Edmund Kesting, Hans Kinder, Ulrich Knispel and many other painters who stayed in Ahrenshoop from the 1920s to the 1970s can be seen in the exhibition. Inspired by the expanses of the coastal landscape, they created works that are significant for both German and international art. Among the artists who found a variety of stimuli in Ahrenshoop are Karin Schöpa, Vera Schwelgin and Wolfgang Reinke. With their paintings, they contribute to the lively art scene which also extends beyond the Baltic Sea region.