For 27 years, the bizarre excursions and art of Brandenburg’s abandoned castle have lured people outside the city. Ophthalmologist Arvid Boellert founded his Rohkunstbau and provides ntv.de with insight into the work behind it.
Open your eyes to see art in a special place. That’s what his ophthalmologist Arvid Boellert cares about. He wants to surprise the people of Brandenburg with his contemporary art. It’s about the history of the place and topics like nature, kindness and revolution. Arvid Boellert founded Rohkunstbau in 1994. Since then, Lokunstbau’s team has spent several weeks each summer filling castles on the brink of decay and forgotten villas with sculptures, paintings, photographs, video works or installations. “We set contrasts through our locations and really complement the art. And Lokunstbau has been around for so long that it is special,” he told ntv.de. increase.
In the 27th edition he found Altdöbern and got the key to the lock there. Altdöbern is located in southern Brandenburg, more precisely in Spreewald and Rusatia. Cottbus and Dresden are not far and from Berlin by train he can reach the town in an hour and a half. Nature has been shaken by centuries of coal mining, but the phasing out of coal portends structural change. “It culminates in a site of great historical value, with a magnificent castle. In 1750 it was owned by Carl Heinrich von Heineken, chief of his Kupferstichkabinett in Dresden and his buyer.” says Boellert.
As an art-loving gourmand, von Heineken filled his castles and gardens with extravagant luxury. After World War II, the Caritas Children’s and Elderly House was housed in the complex. Due to the lack of state support and dilapidated building structure, the house was abandoned in his 1974 and left untouched. During that time it underwent a major renovation, partly by Castles AG, but although the building is rarely open to the public, it is now for those interested in live art construction. Artists will breathe new energy into the Baroque building until the end of October.
great women on the team
Big names are expertly mixed with lesser-known new discoveries. how to use? “We’re a classic artist project, which means artists like us recommend us to others in the scene. I work with great women. Nothing works without her.Working with Inka Thunecke, who is on the board of Rohkunstbau, and our curator Heike Fuhlbrügge, “I have a great crew.” He emphasized in the Zoom conversation, “I’m very little involved. Experts do the implementation and conception. I used to be able to support everything with manpower and time, but now I have a little financial support as well.” I do,” he adds. “My work and family are the main pillars of my life. because I have to.”
Money is tight and comes mainly from admission fees. On the other hand, through donations from the Friends of Rokunstbau eV Association. In addition, it is publicly funded through the State of Brandenburg, sometimes the EU, sometimes through special federal programs.There is a constant change in the independent art sector. Lack of funding has been a problem for decades, so sustainably functioning independent projects like ours are all but gone. He’s smart enough to be obsessed with details when telling stories. One can guess the many bureaucratic regulations he encountered over the years to make the dilapidated building temporary.
It all started in his hometown of Großleuten on the edge of the Spreewald. “There was this spirit of optimism, but on the other hand there wasn’t much left. I don’t think East Germany is great. “How did you come up with the idea for Rohkunstbau?” I wanted to do something here.I wanted to do something.In Gross Leuthen, we had this empty shell construction hall, and that’s where the name comes from.”The semi-finished product is still Made for the 1989 Workers’ Day in East Germany. “Everything was scarce at the time, but money and materials were scraped together.
not a one-hit wonder
At some point, the summer show transformed from this rough first place into empty castles and mansions. Constant change and always new challenges appeal to Arvid Boellert in his projects. “Constructing raw art is hard work, sometimes uncomfortable, and never gets any appreciation. I was a student first, I did everything myself. “Having an exhibition has taught me how to work with art.Being a curator or museum director has never been my career goal. 99.9% of what we’re doing here with regards to organized Sisyphus, our country’s adversity isn’t necessarily a good thing.”
Where does this unwavering love of art come from? “When you start something out of love, it’s like a hot love. I found it.” In fact, he could only do eye surgery to help people see clearly. Instead of opening the eyes of an unfamiliar audience to something new through evocative art. Individual Boellert is drawn to the mix. “Usually people from the art world who travel to Basel gather here with people who live in the area, otherwise they would never see each other in their lives,” says Arvid Boellert. tries to explain his perseverance.
And more importantly, the festival’s founders have strong ties to their hometowns. Brandenburg is the ideal place for him. He thinks it has something to do with the places that have become scarce. But he’s not nostalgic. “I was born in Spreewald. It is only about two millionths of my country. Pay, the state has to ask itself what it is, and what comes out at the end is interesting for residents.”
Rohkunstbau, in his current position, has his finger in this very wound. “Because it’s crazy to refurbish and preserve this castle.” The logic behind it seems to be: if no one breaks in, nothing will break. “Making the impossible possible is interesting to me. So why not connect buildings with artists today, as Heineken did back then? From the point of view of monument protection, it is as valuable as Dresden’s Castle and Château Potsdam.It cannot be sold to wealthy individuals.It must be made available to the public through our art.
art opens doors and eyes
Altdevern Castle is not a public place, but it has been partially renovated and only a few crumbling walls can be seen. Reason: There was no concept of current building statistics, building permits, or fire protection. Arvid Boellert created all this at his club. “It’s ridiculous, but this is a construction site. The castle is only temporarily open thanks to a permit. However, you are not allowed to drive nails into the walls.” Reiner Fetting’s striking art is displayed on an easel, and ruined pottery by Isa Melsheimer is displayed on a small pedestal. It is carpeted to protect the parquet. Barrier tape, which appeared overnight in front of historic murals, is acceptable if desired. What should be, should be.
“Over the years, we have proven ourselves to be good partners for Brandenburg. Rohkunstbau must now stabilize. You can see that.” The last castle used by Rohkunstbau was soon sold. This year’s theme ‘Future. Into the open’ can be read as an application for the future use of Altebern Castle for decades to come. Public use with art as the royal road. Anyone who dares to cross the threshold will see something particularly special at Altdevern Castle.
“XXVII.lokunstbow – Future. Be open Until October 30th at Schloss Altdöbern, Am Park, 03229 Altdöbern