Recently I visited this wonderful small fairy tale place at Germany’s Northern coastline. I felt like stepping into a painting.
In 1892 painters founded the artists‘ colony of Ahrenshoop. Painters like Anna Gerresheim, Paul Müller-Kaempff and others built their houses in the small village by the sea. They invited other artists to come to Ahrenshoop and established a flourishing art scene which is still alive. Hundreds of renowned artists of almost all important movements of modern German art visited the small seaside town. They reflected the village and its surrounding in their works of art.
Today Ahrenshoop established an artist way with different stops. At every sight you can compare the artist painting with the view you have now. It is so interesting, especially for an art lover like me. It brings you to a long lost world and you can explore how painters worked in former times and which perspectives of the motives they had.
Throughout the year, the artists‘ colony of Ahrenshoop offers a wide range of options: The exhibition centres display art from the beginnings of the artists‘ colony through to the present day. From paintings and drawings as well as sculptural works and photography, you will find everything here. Small studios and workshops invite you to view their traditional handicrafts and to join in and get creative. Concerts, lectures, film nights, exhibition openings, tours and much more – there is something to enjoy at any time of year.
Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop is a museum dedicated to the artists‘ colony. A collection of 900 works represents artists and genres to the present day. A permanent exhibition shows works of the colony’s founders. They created excellent paintings of landscapes, portraits and interiors. Regularly changing exhibitions are dedicated to classical modernism, art from East Germany and contemporary artists connected.
The unique light on the narrow strip of land between the Baltic Sea and the Bodden displays nature in all of its radiance. Whenever you are in the region go to Ahrenshoop. It is a magical place.