Newsletter 4 / June 2021


New publication

Publication Art in a Conflicted World
Trans-European Perspectives in the Age of Cultural Fragmentation

Since the turn of the millennium, much of the world has become an increasingly unstable and dissonant place. Sharp disruptions define many aspects of our social, cultural, and political relations. Art in a Conflicted World addresses this evolving reality, featuring critical positions articulated by visual artists and writers from Ukraine, Russia, and Great Britain—regions embroiled in extraordinary strife and upheaval. The publication takes a frank look at these multifaceted states of social dissonance and reflects them in diverse artistic and literary inquiries and responses. The contributions are the fruits of an interdisciplinary fellowship program at Kulturstiftung Schloss Wiepersdorf that offers the participants an opportunity to gain fresh creative and cultural insights, test ways of engaging with complexity, and develop models for the future that transcend national boundaries.

The publication presents works by Sarah Dobai, Nikita Kadan, Ali Eisa and Sebastian Lloyd Rees (Lloyd Corporation) as well as writings by Alisa Ganieva and Tanya Breslin Zaharchenko.

The project was mentored by Wolfgang Tillmans, Tom McCarthy, Katharina Raabe, and Mark Gisbourne and received funding support from the German Federal Foreign Office.

The publication will be published by DCV in June 2021.


New start

First fellows have arrived in Wiepersdorf

Since 1 June 2021, the Cultural Foundation Schloss Wiepersdorf is finally open for regular on-site stays of its fellows for the first time since the foundation was established and the premises were bought by the state of Brandenburg. Until now, the residency program could only be carried out virtually due to the pandemic. Annette Rupp, founding representative of the Cultural Foundation: "The whole team is looking forward to welcoming the first fellows—under strict hygiene measures, of course—after the foundation was founded and after the first renovation work was carried out. The rooms have been freshly painted, the work spaces prepared and partner institutions informed about the works of the fellows for joint events."

All fellows have to present a negative test result upon arrival and they are being tested again on site. Further, international fellows are free to participate in the residency program in "hybrid" form—part on-site, part virtual. Other group fellowships have been postponed until August.

The total of 22 fellowships in 2021 are funded by the Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur des Landes Brandenburg, by the Ministerium für Bildung und Kultur Saarland, by Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz, by the Ministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland e.V.



22nd poesiefestival berlin
Programme and Tickets at
Digital festival / Friday, 11 June – Thursday, 17 June 2021

The Cultural Foundation Schloss Wiepersdorf supports the poesiefestival berlin this year. Under the heading There lies Europe, the 22nd poesiefestival berlin from 11 to 17 June 2021 is investigating the poetry of Europe in all its diversity of forms and languages, and in spite of the pandemic is building poetic bridges across the continent. Multilingualism, the ambivalence of language policymakers to the languages, migration and diaspora—these are the thematic lines along which the festival will be putting Europe to the test.

Weltklang—Night of Poetry is the opening in many voices of the poesiefestival berlin on 11 June 2021 at 8 p.m. (CEST), with readings and performances by nine poets, among them Schloss-Wiepersdorf Alumna Judith Zander. 150 poets from around 40 countries will be coming together during the festival in digital readings, talks, concerts and workshops. The poesiefestival berlin is a project by the Haus für Poesie.

The Artists Are Present – Artist residencies in cultural exchange
Digital ADIR symposium
Live stream / Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 7–9.30 p.m. (CEST) (in German language)

During the Covid-19 pandemic, residency programs for artists have proven to be very effective and viable structures for international cultural and knowledge exchange. Especially in this time of crisis, the enormous importance of international cooperation has become clear. As laboratories for a change of perspective, residency programs often serve as models for the question of how we want to live together.

Cultural and knowledge exchange thrives on polyphony and diversity. How can this be guaranteed in the long term? The presence of artists on site is indispensable for interactions in culture and society. How can the mobility of artists be preserved—even in times of crisis? What places are needed for social cohesion in times of upheaval, and how can residency programs contribute to this?

The Network of German International Residency Programs (ADIR) invites you to discuss the future of international artistic exchange with a digital symposium on June 23, 2021.

The ADIR brings together representatives of around 20 institutions active in Germany and abroad. About the mission of ADIR and its members:


On demand

„Künstler sind die ersten im Narrenschiff“ – The painter Achim von Arnim-Bärwalde
Wolfgang Bunzel and Petra Heymach in conversation
Recorded event from 26 May 2021 (in German language)

Petra Heymach, curator and granddaughter of the artist Bettina Encke von Arnim, and Wolfgang Bunzel, professor of modern German literary studies and head of the Brentano department at the Freie Deutsche Hochstift talk about the painter's exceptional life. The conversation is moderated by Annette Rupp.

Transformation #3: There is no other place
Regina Scheer and Andreas Platthaus in conversation
Recorded event from 13 May 2021 (in German language)

Regina Scheer has made a name for herself in every respect with her two successful novels Machandel and Gott wohnt im Wedding: as a late debutante and as a chronicler of change in twentieth-century Germany. Together with literary editor Andreas Platthaus, she talks about the challenges of social transformation for her work—especially with regard to geographical permanence. Also, they discuss her transformation from a cultural scientist into a writer.

Transformation #2: Entkoppelte Gesellschaft
A virtual panel discussion with Yana Milev, Christoph Tannert and Thomas Krüger
Recorded event from 22 April 2021 (in German language)

Yana Milev, Christoph Tannert and Thomas Krüger analyse and discuss the question of how the process of the German-German unification process should be continued in economic, political, social and cultural terms.

Transformation #1: Well, let's see what happens
Martin Gross, Mandy Tröger and Jan Wenzel
Recorded event from 25 March 2021 (in German language)

Author Martin Gross, communications scientist Mandy Tröger, and publisher Jan Wenzel talk about the book The Last Year. Records from an Invalid Country.

„Herzhaft in die Dornen der Zeit greifen…“
Reading & conversation on the occasion of Bettina von Arnim's birthday
with Dr. Sonja Hilzinger and Dr. Dorothee Schmitz-Köster (in German language)
Recorded event from 4 April 2021


A dear visitor

"Exchange is important, humanly as well as artistically"—The ceramicist and painter Heidi Manthey (born 24 March 1929 in Leipzig) visited Schloss Wiepersdorf in May 2021. She had once designed and made ceramics for the house as commissioned works. Heidi Manthey’s mentor was the ceramist Hedwig Bollhagen, with whom she shared a close friendship. After Bollhagen’s death, Manthey became the director of the Hedwig Bollhagen workshops in Marwitz. Numerous works by both artists can still be found in Wiepersdorf today.


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