Akademie Schloss Solitude / Stuttgart, Germany

Akademie Schloss Solitude / Stuttgart, Germany

for emerging and advanced professionals in Architecture, Visual ArtsPerforming Arts, DesignLiteratureMusic/Sound and Video/Film/New Media;
furthermore for scholars, scientists and professionals from the disciplines of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Economy/Economics

The Becoming of what not yet Is –
On promoting talents and the genesis of art

Akademie Schloss Solitude (Academy Castle Solitude) was established to promote art and culture, in particular by awarding residence fellowships to emerging artists and organising artistic encounters, seminars and conferences, performances, lectures, concerts and exhibitions by fellows and guests.
Swiftly, it became one of Germany’s most renowned artist residencies, offering the highest capacity of furnished live/work studios for guest artists. Up to 45 residents with divers cultural and professional backgrounds can be hosted at once within the castle’s facilities.

The two officers and cavalier’s buildings facing the Baroque castle contain the living, working and exhibition areas of the Akademie since 1990. While the Rococo exterior and classical parks nowadays mostly serve as wedding location – a young engaged couple stepped in right behind me to make an appointment mistakenly at the residency reception – the other part of these grounds are a vivid laboratory for artistic research and cultural practice.
In 2015, the institution celebrates its 25th anniversary, still under alert lead of the programme’s Founding and Artistic Director, Jean-Baptiste Joly.

A lot of events, exhibitions, performances, concerts and conferences take place, not only at the castle, but at special sights and places. You can take the chance to watch the video documentation of the ongoing exhibitions at Akademie Solitude and the performances of the opening night.
Special thanks to all participating artists – Mica Cabildo, Stephanie Choi, István Csákány, Nestór García Díaz, Bill Dietz, Miako Klein, Carolin Liedtke, Sînziana Păltineanu, Cyriaque Villemaux!
Video by Hagen Betzwieser.

Artists are accepted for a period of three to twelve months, receiving a grant by the institution. Applications can be submitted every two years during an announced period – since 2014 also online. That caused the fact that the number of entries nearly doubled on about 3000. Cheers to the work of the fantastic team of Akademie Schloss Solitude and the jury that ever reassembles the selection of artists within the divers disciplines was made.
Now, their art projects find realisation within the anniversary year.
The focus always remains on the artists with a very personal approach. At Akademie Schloss Solitude the creation and generation of art as well as the promotion of artistic talents is the driving force of all efforts.

More info on the Akademie Schloss Solitude homepage and on Facebook.


Interview with:
Prof. Jean-Baptiste Joly,
Director of the Akademie Schloss Solitude,
Konstantin Lom,
Administrative Director,
Angela Butterstein,
Coordinator Press and Public Relations,
Claudia Gehre and
Clara Herrmann,
Art Coordination Fellows 2014;
Stuttgart, 5th November 2014 and
Berlin, 23rd April 2015.