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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Culture Destination Germany

Ursula Blickle Foundation Aesthetic education through art The Ursula Blickle Foundation emphasises the cultural value of art, the aesthetic education of society, and the importance of supporting both individual artists and the creative discourse. TEXT: ELISABETH DOEHNE

The Ursula Blickle Foundation, established in 1991 and located in the beautiful Kraichgau region of Baden-Württemberg in Germany, promotes national and international contemporary art. Noteworthy curators as well as new discoveries are invited to present their works, realise exhibitions and projects. With the presentations and discussions that accompany the free exhibitions, the foundation acts as an intermediary between the art itself and an interested public. The private foundation seeks to preserve, collect, and make publicly accessible its collection of contemporary art as a means to strengthen and contribute to the greater artistic and intellectual discourse.The foundation’s aesthetic, intellectual and programmatic events showcase the work of

newcomer artists and curators. In fact, several well-known contemporary artists were supported by the Ursula Blickle Foundation at the beginning of their career. “Unlike museums and other institutions, I act as a private person – which has many advantages. I don't have to submit a balanced programme, I can give free rein to the curators I have chosen,”explains Ursula Blickle. “If people are really interested in an exhibition, they will not be put off by having to travel a greater distance to reach the venue. Contemporary art can't always be shown just in big cities.” Each year, the Ursula Blickle Foundation presents two to four thematic exhibitions with accompanying talks, catalogues and

Main image: Annja Krautgasser, Remake: Le Madison, 2008. © Annja Krautgasser Left: Ursula Blickle Foundation. Photo: Ulrich Hasenmajer Middle: Heidelbeeren und Preiselbeeren, 1983 by Renate Kowanz-Kocer. © Renate Kowanz-Kocer Right: Ella Raidel’s Family Affairs, 2010, videostill. © Ursula Blickle Videoarchiv, Vienna

publications. In 2016 – honouring the foundation’s 25th anniversary – a special exhibition, TANZ ES! (DANCE IT!), will run from 10 April through to 26 June 2016. DANCE IT! shows work by artists devoted to movement and bodies in motion.The exhibit’s reference frame is deliberately kept open: dance as a social phenomenon as well as a marker of virtuosity; dance as a disciplinary form as well as an opportunity for self-observation; and dance as a direct form of artistic expression. A vernissage with the artists, curators and guests will take place on the night of 9 April (7pm) at the foundation’s galleries. In addition to ongoing exhibitions, the digital Ursula Blickle Video Archive, operated in cooperation with the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Belvedere/21er Haus, features 2,800 videos by more than 600 national and international artists. www.ursulablicklevideoarchiv.com www.ursula-blickle-stiftung.de

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Discover Germany promotes German, Swiss & Austrian Design, Tourism, Food, Culture and Business.