Kavalierhaus Schloss Montfort / Langenargen, Germany

for fine and visual artists:
painters, photo and graphic artistssculptors, and multimedia professionals
from the region of Southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein

Cavaliers, sailboats and chateau-dreams:
A refuge at Lake Constance

So idyllic and yet so unknown

Title Kavalierhaus

The picturesquely situated small town of Langenargen has always been appealing to artists and aesthetes, idyllically extending along the lakeside of ‘Bodensee’.
Since 1997, the city council officially offers artists of the disciplines fine and visual arts a living and working space at ‘Kavalierhaus’ – the cavalier mansion attached to the castle Montfort. Every two years the call for applications is released out and includes a stipend for this period of three months.
This residency for one regionally based artist, who of course can also bring family, takes place annually from beginning of April till end of June.

castle Montfort
castle Montfort 2

Castle Montfort has a long history at its outstanding spit of land, dating back to 14th century. The way it looks today, the fortress was finished in 1867. It was meant to become a villa in Moorish style modeled after Villa Avigdor in Nice. Finally king Karl von Württemberg entitled it ‘Schloss Montfort’. Princess Louise of Prussia took pleasure of it and bought the romantic chateau with all interiors in 1873.
Just a few steps away, also located by the waterside, another building was set up for the cavaliers and servants belonging to the court bustle – the ‘Kavalierhaus’.

The Kavalierhaus was built in 1866 and nowadays is declared heritage property. But nevertheless, the artists have any freedom of installing themselves and their art they could ever ask for. On terrace level there is a restaurant, but only open for the evenings except Thursdays. The first floor is completely reserved for the artist in residence. On the left side of the staircase there is an apartment of 45 sqm with
studio, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and storeroom. To the right, there is the gallery where exhibitions can take place – as the artist is asked to show the current works by the end of his or her stay with one week of ‘open atelier’.
Moreover, it is requested to donate one artwork to the city council which has been created during their term.

The studio and gallery

artist studio 1
artist studio 2
bedroom with bath

General goal is to foster art and especially promote regional artists. So, the residency and atelier are free of charge, fellows receive a stipend of 770 Euro per month, plus once a project grant of 250 Euro. The stipend programme is supported by the municipality of Langenargen and BMK Yachthafen Langenargen GmbH & Co. KG.
Responsible body is the tourism office, selections are made by an independent jury. The first contact person and cordially taking care of the stipends is Carolin Kramer.
Who can apply?

There is no age limit, nonetheless it becomes a bit complicated when looking at origin restrictions.
Applicants need to have their abode proven either in Southern Germany, Western Austria, Northern or Eastern Switzerland, Liechtenstein, or associated communities of Bois-le-Roi, France, and Noli, Italy.


This beautiful town at the Swabian Bodensee region can name a lot of inherent as well as affiliated artists, such as Hans Purrmann (1880-1966), Franz Anton Maulbertsch (1724-1796), Andreas Brugger (1737-1812), and reformer Urbanus Rhegius (1489-1541).
With this residency programme the community continues the tradition of art- and cultural ties.
But who has actually been artist in residence so far? A list of all fellow alumni can be found online and is permanently updated.

lake view
From the studio as well as from the gallery there is this stunning view over Lake Constance. Who wouldn’t tell that this is inspiring? …seeing the Swiss mountains at the opposite shoreline and a hundred sailboats passing by. A place which is just predestined to find inner peace and muse for creative contemplation.

tourist information

More info on the stipend programme on the German homepage, or general info in English by Langenargen tourism office.
Here you can find the call for 2016 and 2017: Ausschreibung deutsch.
Heartfelt thanks to Carolin Kramer who was guiding along and explaining about Kavalierhaus-Stipendium.

Carolin Kramer

A.M., Matthias Graupner

Interview with:
Carolin Kramer, Amt für Tourismus, Kultur und Marketing;
Langenargen, 1st September 2015.