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Wittkielhof im Sommer © KUNST für ANGELN e.V.

The ROOSEN-TRINKS COLLECTION moves from Berlin to Schleswig-Holstein

The Roosen-Trinks Collection comprises over 500 contemporary works of art by national and international artists. From 2004 to 2019, Ingrid Roosen-Trink’s collection was open to the public in her private rooms in Berlin. Since April 2022, the collection has been on display at the Wittkielhof, in the middle of the Angeln peninsula in northern Schleswig-Holstein, in the context of the changing program of the KUNST für ANGELN e.V. association. With a diverse supporting and educational programme, a new cultural centre is being established in the Nordic region.

Collector Ingrid Roosen-Trinks, Daniel Mohr, Malte Urbschat, Nicole Hollmann and Willem Grimm © KUNST für ANGELN e.V., Nicole Hollmann, Photo: Nicole Hollmann

During the long period of the pandemic, art collector Ingrid Roosen-Trinks moved with her husband to their shared house in Angeln in the countryside. The Angeln peninsula impresses with its close proximity to the Baltic Sea, the fresh breeze and the wide view over the natural landscapes. The peninsula is surrounded by the Flensburg Fjord in the north and the Schlei in the south, with the city triangle Flensburg – Kappeln – Schleswig probably offering the best points of orientation. It is not without reason that fishing is a popular holiday area and attracts many guests with its harmonious terminal moraine landscape shaped by the last ice age. The best way to explore is by bike on the many separate paths, or barefoot along the Baltic Sea beach. So it’s not surprising that the collector lost her heart to fishing rods. Her desire to bring her private collection of contemporary art here quickly arose. With her unerring sense for impactful places, Ingrid Roosen-Trinks came across the Wittkielhof, a typical Angelner three-sided farm built in 1850. This is now the new attraction for residents and tourists who want to actively experience art since April 2022!

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The cultural barn of the Wittkielhof will be used by gallery owners and curators who are closely connected to the collection. The romantic park has also developed into a sculpture park that invites you to linger. Ingrid Roosen-Trinks wants to inspire and move: Her art barn is the new cultural meeting place in the region – what a gain for Schleswig-Holstein! The farm is only 20 minutes by bike from Kappeln, which is an excellent starting point for a tour of the country with its typical Nordic charm and harbour inviting you to stroll. The feeling of lightness and tranquility sets in with the first breath of the fresh harbour wind. True to the motto of art in the countryside , there is a lot to discover culturally and scenically on the Angeln peninsula with the Wittkielhof!

Installation view, PORTRAITS – MASKS – WRAPPING, Tjorg Douglas Beer, Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen, Thomas Glassford, Justin Cooper, Beate Gütschow et al. © KUNST für ANGELN e.V., Photo: Fred Dott

“The association KUNST für ANGELN wants to enrich the region with contemporary art and actively involve the local people. The collection should not land like a UFO – not be a foreign body – instead, we want to successively develop formats for the region that give all generations uncomplicated access to contemporary art. We will also design new projects together with artists and curators. It is still about encounters and exchange, as it was before in Berlin. Right now, more than ever, we need impulses from artists and inspiration from new art – to master one or the other challenge with confidence and perhaps even with humor. I’m ready for a new adventure” – Ingrid Roosen-Trinks


PORTRAITS – MASKS – VEILS: 25 April – 30 May 2022
URBAN – RURAL – NETWORKING: 1 October – 30 November 2022

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Opening hours: Individual appointment with prior registration by e-mail visit@kunstfuerangeln.de


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