Der bewohnte Garten
Contemporary Art Foundation
Contemporary Art Foundation
The Journey Is the Reward
Halfway between the cities of Düsseldorf and Cologne, near the highway, is a stretch of reclaimed natural landscape. The garden or park that I am talking about has been growing for many years.
At some point many years ago the first sculptures found a final home and slowly the garden was transformed into a place for art. The natural beauty of nature was harmoniously complemented by sculptural works of art that were chosen with obligatory leisure.
The moment that visitors take their first steps along the path through the garden today, they encounter sculptures on a human scale that reflect the sensitivities of humanity.
Their surfaces are sometimes smooth, sometimes rough and layered, soaring upwards elegantly or in stylized distortion. They exude perfection and grace, but they are also marked by life and by the world in conflict. They mix beauty and horror, nature and art, escorting the viewer into spectral and enchanted realms that time and again reveal the imperfection of the world.
The sculptures propel the visitors through the garden, with every step exposing them to natural and man-made phenomena up close and in the distance. There are greatly entertaining and joyful areas, and also quiet ones. Nowhere, however, is there emptiness.
The procession of artworks, most of which were created in close collaboration with the artists specifically for this site, is intended to express appreciation for future visitors to this realm of art and nature who, perhaps for the length of their walk, will joyfully take it into their possession and inhabit it.
Thank you for you interest in visiting Der bewohnte Garten!
To book a tour please email us and we will get back to you with date suggestions.
Please note that each group has a minimum capacity of 8 and a maximum capacity of 12 participants. It is also possible to organize individual tours.
We ask each person to donate 30 EUR for a tour.
Hochrangige Kunst in Pulheim
WDR 3 Mosaik. 24.06.2019. 07:05 Min.
Ein neuer spektakulärer Skulpturengarten bei Pulheim
WDR 5 Scala – aktuelle Kultur. 25.06.2019. 06:44 Min.
VOICES ON ART
Podcast with Michael Zimmer. 01.03.2021. 34:54 Min.
“Der bewohnte Garten” (The Inhabited Garden) is a private art foundation that promotes contemporary art. The foundation focuses on the care and expansion of its sculpture garden. The foundation considers the garden a contemplative place of tranquility and self-discovery, and thus also a bridge to experiencing art as a place of relaxation.
The foundation also promotes contemporary artists with stipends, and the publication of art books, publications on contemporary artists and artworks, and in addition the financial support of museums, especially but not exclusively in the Rhineland region.
These funds may not be applied for. They are granted directly by the Board of Trustees.
Board of Trustees:
Artists represented in the Foundation Collection
Bonin, Cosima von
Copley, William N.
De Kooning, Willem
Dodo – Dörte Clara Wolff
Evans, Cerith Wyn
Janke, Karl Hans
Lieshout, Joep van
Morris, Richard Allen
Nay, Ernst Wilhelm
Tobias, Gert & Uwe
White, Austin Martin