EIN HOD ARTISTS' VILLAGE & THE CITY OF DÜSSELDORF
ARTISTS' EXCHANGE AND GUEST HOUSE
The city of Düsseldorf, which places great importance
upon inter-cultural dialogues with many countries, sought
a partner for an artists' exchange project in Israel as
Ein Hod artists' village, infused with art and culture,
located in metropolitan Haifa (the sister city of Düsseldorf)
was the perfect answer.
Once the bond was formed, Ein Hod renovated a small stone
house in the center of the pastoral village as a special
guest studio for the artists of Düsseldorf who came
as early as 1987, and have been coming to Ein Hod for the
last 20 years.. Similarly, Düsseldorf then allocated
a spacious studio with living quarters to accommodate Ein
Hod artists. The studio is located in the famous Artists'
house near the Museum and culture center in the city.
exchange program calls for the artists to live and
work in the respective studios for periods of two
months, concluding their visits with an exhibition
depicting their impressions of their stay.
Even though the city of Düsseldorf has many
such programs with over 30 countries world wide,
a special bond was formed between the artists of
both countries during this long term exchange, now
in its twentieth year.
The benefits of such exchange are endless, touching
upon such issues as opening dialogues among artists,
the sharing of ideas, projects and exhibitions,
and exposing each artist and each community other
to new concepts.
Some of the artists, both from Ein Hod and from
Düsseldorf, have returned several times to
the host communities to live and work and established
friendships with their hosts. Others have shown
their works in versatile forms in both countries
and have participated in group shows sponsored by
Artists from Düsseldorf are invited by the city of
Düsseldorf to present body of work they have created
in Israel in spaces owned by the city and are invited to
share their experience.
A token of the special relationship that developed during
the years is the "Düsseldorf observation point"
located in the midst of the village over looking the sea
coast and as well as the donation raised by the city for
planting trees in the village following the disaster of
the great fire in the year of 1995.
Guest Artists from Düsseldorf: Markus
Kottmann ,Alexander Danov,Hurgen Hille, Dorothee Bouchard,Ion
Isalia,Irmgard Kramer,Joachim Stallecker,Achim Spyra,Giorgio
Camastro,Annette Wimmershoff, Jeanette Streitparth,Frank
Michaelis,Hedwig Rogge,Klaus Richter,Birgit Hübner,
Ubbo Kügler,Reiner Roemer, Liffers-Michels, Gerlinde
Salentin, Werner Reuber Joachim Stallecker, Annette Wirtz
,Barbara Hermann, Luthar Krüll , Irmgard Kramer, Murielle
+ Friedhelm, Kobecke, Franz Karl Bößer, Frank
Schablewski, Günter Krajewski, Horst Kerger, Brigitta
Thaysen, Jochen Duckwitz, Franz Karl Bößer ,
Karen Bößer, Wilfried ,Neuse Gabriele Liffers,
Andreas Simon, Sabine C. Borchert, Terry Buchholz , Markus
Mußinghoff, Zsuzsa Klemm, Ioan Jacob, Katrin Roeber,
Hyun-Ju Ahn, Peter Hermann, Larissa Voltz, Sabine C. Borchart,
Barbara Herbert,Ute Reeh, Michael Schmidt, Jutta Hume.
Among Guest Artists from Ein hod: Shoshana
Hieman, Tovia Yuster, Batiya Jancourt,
Clair Yaniv, Yosh Rotter, Ovadia El-Kara, Ziva Kiener, Lezer
, Avraham Eilat, Abezhause, Boaz Tal, Daniela Buchard-Ratner,
Levendal, Nadav Bloch, Averaham Eilat, Ayelet Shefer, Valentina
Moskovitz, Serfina, Gila Givon, Mara Ben-Dov.
Ein Hod-Düsseldorf Exchange in pictures >
CITY OF DÜSSELDORF- INTRODUCTION
Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German Federal
State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and (together with Cologne
and the Ruhr Area) the economic center of Western Germany.
Düsseldorf is located on the River Rhine and it is
one of the main centers of the densely populated Rhine-Ruhr
Art-loving Elector Jan Wellem and his wife Anna Maria Luisa
of Tuscany, of the Medici dynasty, were the patrons of Düsseldorf's
first significant cultural activities in the 17th and 18th
centuries. Heinrich Heine, whose 200th birthday was celebrated
in 1997, Clara and Robert Schumann as well as Felix Mendelssohn
Bartholdy are the most prominent artists related to the
city. The Academy of Fine Arts was the cradle of many important
artistic initiatives, and the names of Paul Klee, Joseph
Beuys and Albert Bierstadt are associated with the institution
The Düsseldorf cultural scene comprises traditional
and avant-garde, classical and glamorous. The world famous
state art collection of North Rhine-Westphalia, the highly
acclaimed Deutsche Oper am Rhein (opera), and the Düsseldorfer
Schauspielhaus (theater), artistic home of Gustaf Gründgens,
are major elements of Düsseldorf's reputation as a
center of the fine arts.
GREETING FROM MS. MARIANNE SCHIRGE
Head of the Dusseldorf Culture Department
In 1987 a first group of Dusseldorf artists travelled to
Ein Hod. Out of that a German-Israeli artist-exchange developed
in a friendly, almost familiar atmosphere. For many participants
one stay was not enough, so that they returned.
I am delighted that we are celebrating the 20th anniversary
of our friendship and that we will keep up our wonderful
contacts. It is always fascinating to me what artistic projects
are being put into practise within this exchange and about
the variety of ideas, which artists are being inspired through
the stays in Ein Hod and Dusseldorf. Especially the difference
between the rural location of Ein Hod nearby the Carmel
Mountains and the urban life in Dusseldorf has influenced
many artists' work.
Events like the art-auction in Dusseldorf in 1999, through
which the "Forest of Friendship" could be planted
in Ein Hod, show that the artists from Ein Hod and Dusseldorf
feel very closely connected. The experience of the other
culture has made them become friends. The book, which is
now being developed because of the 20th anniversary, will
be a special sign of this friendship.
At the moment the exchange projects are being organised
by Margol Gutman from Ein Hod and Karin Rauers from the
Dusseldorf culture department. Very important for the development
of the artist-exchange was the initiative of Olly Givon
and Shoshana Heimann. I thank all of them for their thrilling
For our future cooperation I wish us all the best. I am
looking forward to welcoming many more artists from Ein
Hod in Dusseldorf.
Head of the Dusseldorf Culture Department
In charge of the artist-exchange and the artists' support
Postanschrift: Stadtverwaltung Düsseldorf, 41/4, 40200